Police called over 'triggering' Halloween decorations at NSW home

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WARNING - DISTURBING CONTENT: A number of Halloween decorations which have caught the eye of police have sparked debate as to what’s considered taking it too far.

Mum Renée Ryan, from Forbes in Central West NSW, posted on Facebook it took her three hours to prepare her zombie decoration — a body in a bag, wrapped in rope and hanging from a clothesline. It’s made from garbage bags, foam and carpet.

Ms Ryan wrote her son loves it but unfortunately, not everyone shared his enthusiasm.

Passers-by complained to police and she had to take it down.

A Halloween decoration, which is a fake body wrapped in cloth hanging from a clothesline, is seen in a backyard in Forbes, NSW.
A woman said her son loved this decoration for Halloween but complaints saw her had to take it down. Source: Facebook/ Renee Ryan

Ms Ryan told the ABC she never meant any malice in her decorations and offered an apology.

"The display had unintentionally triggered members of the community with their own experiences of suicide," she said.

Another woman, from Victoria, posted a TikTok video of police outside her home. She claims they visited over calls about a similar decoration to Ms Ryan’s — a body hanging from a tree.

Some people called it “creative”.

“I like your wicked sense of humour. Got to love Halloween,” one man wrote.

Others weren’t as keen though.

“Maybe it could traumatise people who have lost someone this way,” one woman wrote.

A NSW Police spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia police do not have the jurisdiction to take down Halloween decorations if people do not like them.

“Obviously if they are deemed to be a danger to the public we will get involved,” she said.

“That (Ms Ryan’s decoration) is quite a human-sized decoration so we could understand people’s concerns.”

The spokeswoman said people may have been concerned an actual body was hanging from a tree.

“But really, unless someone has concerns about them being harmful it’s wasting police time,” she said.

“It is not in our jurisdiction.”

Woolworths also recently removed decorations for Halloween from a WA store after a customer’s complaint.

A shopper also complained about Halloween decorations in Coles.

Although, all of them pale in comparison to artist Steven Novak’s gruesome Halloween decorations which last year included people being decapitated, blood splattered on his lawn and fake severed body parts.

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