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Man asked to tone down "too scary" Halloween decorations
Abandon all halloween spirit ye who pass here…

IT’S THE TIME of year when we expect to be scared, spooked and even terrified.

In a good way though.

Scenes of mutilated bodies, skeletons and disembowelled corpses strewn outside a house in broad daylight is another matter entirely.

James Creighton, 25, who lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, decorates his house every year to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his grandmother, Betty.

However, this year he was startled when two police officers arrived at his door to tell him that a member of the public had complained, saying that the gruesome display was upsetting her child each time she passed it.

Mr. Creighton said:

I was shocked – more to the point that the parent couldn’t come to the door themselves and speak to me personally, but had to get the police involved and waste their time.

James raised over a thousand pounds through public donations for cancer research last year with the display and is on track to raise even more money this year.

His grandmother, Betty, adored Halloween and died of lung cancer in 2009. Despite the objection, he is going to keep the display up to raise money and awareness for the charity.

He continued:

I’ve always loved Halloween and decorating the house was something that my nan and mum did for me when I was younger. So now I’m carrying it on in my nan’s memory and just trying to do my best for her and the charity – it’s an excellent cause.

And it would seem that James is not alone in wanting to create a petrifying scene on his front yard for the Spooky Season. Check out this Oklahoma household that caused a woman to call 911 after thinking she had witnessed a real murder scene!

Morbid Halloween Decorations AP / Press Association Images Johnnie Mullins poses with his controversial Halloween display featuring headless dummies dressed in his work clothes at his home in Mustang, Oklahoma. AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Is it a step too far in the celebration of Halloween?

How many of these old Cadbury wrappers do you remember?

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