Police called to Dallas home after man's bloody Halloween display frightens neighbours

  • 07 Nov - 13 Nov, 2020
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A Dallas residence has become a hot topic after the homeowner created a bloody massacre display on his front lawn ahead of Halloween. Steven Novak tells PEOPLE that his terrifying Halloween decor has received ample attention – both good and bad – in his neighbourhood, but that he's been loving every second. The gory scene, which Novak says prompted neighbours to call the Dallas Police Department, includes dummies lying on the ground in pools of fake blood, a number of props (such as a safe, a knife, fake limbs, a wheelbarrow and a chainsaw) and fake bodies wrapped in duck-taped garbage bags. Novak, an artist who owns a company that opens and repairs safes, says he first started setting up outdoor displays about six years ago. This year, Novak says the gruesome display took him a few days to set up – and was soon met by a visit from the Dallas Police Department. "I answered the door with glee!" he recalls of the police showing up at his M Street home, which features one dummy with a knife in its back, another hanging off the roof with a knife in its head and a wheelbarrow full of bloodied fake limbs. "The officers thought it was cool," Novak continues. Despite having the police show up, the Dallas resident says he has no regrets about his bone-chilling set-up. The only downside? Having to constantly maintain his gory scene. "The blood is the hardest because it rains so much in October," Novak explains. "I indefatigably re-apply it every morning. I went through about 20 gallons last year."