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PARMA, Ohio — Some people in Ohio say a Halloween display in their town is way too real. WOIO’s Tiffany Tucker reports that some kids didn’t even realize it was just a display.
“I felt scared cause I thought they were real people.”
A 9-year-old girl was frightened by a life-like Halloween display less than a block from an elementary school she attends.
“Shock. You take a double take because it is a very realistic display almost horrified that somebody would think that it’s ok to put it that close to an elementary school,” said Jackie Anselmo.
Jackie Anselmo is the child’s mother. She says they noticed the display on the way to school. She says her daughter thought they were real bodies.
The Parma resident tells us she and several other neighbors are bothered by how graphic the display is and that it’s so close to the elementary school. Anselmo was so troubled by it that she took a picture and emailed the city to try to get the display taken down. But the city says there’s nothing they can do about it because it’s freedom of expression.
Vicki Barrett put up controversial Halloween display. She said, “We don’t want to scare kids. We just want to do the Halloween fun of it and, you know, but definitely no ill intent, no.”
Vicki Barrett says she and her husband haven’t had any complaints. She said she even has a two-year old and a special-needs teenager and would never do anything to purposely frighten children.
“If it’s scaring some kids and we knew they’re having a hard time leaving school, yeah, we may have toned it down. We don’t want to scare kids,” said Vicki Barrett.
Tone it down or take it down says Anselmo. Her daughter even offered up some suggestions of other Halloween displays. “Like fake plastic sculls or little tiny skeletons or blow up pumpkins.”