Police Order Man to Tone Down Halloween Display, Raises Money for Cancer Research


James Creighton puts up his Halloween display, which mimics a scene from the film "The Texas Chainshaw Massacre," every year, since 2009, to raise money for cancer research.

But this year police told Creighton to tone it down because one parent claims his or her children are crying over his fake display, which is set up outside his home in Stevenage, England.

Creighton uses funds that are donated, via the Halloween display, to raise money for Cancer Research UK in honor of his late grandmother who died in 2009, notes the Daily Mail.

Apparently, one parent called the police and said the display of "bloody corpses and gory skeletons" was scaring his or her young children, which is normally what Halloween is about.

"I can't believe it to be honest. I can't see what I've done wrong," Creighton told The Telegraph. "When the police turned up I don't think they knew what to say. They told me there had been a complaint and that I needed to 'tone it down' by taking some decorations down."

"I will admit some of the things I've added to the house this year are quite gory, but that's the whole point of Halloween. I always get young children saying 'mummy look at that house' and everyone seems to love it."

However, "everyone" doesn't include one unidentified family which is censoring Creighton based on their personal taste.

"I'm sure if the parent had come and spoken to me we could have come to a compromise. I don't know why they felt the need to go to the police about it. It's so ridiculous it's almost funny," stated the 25 year old.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said in statement: "We have visited a resident of Grove Road in Stevenage concerning a Halloween display in his garden, following a complaint from a member of the public. We have offered words of advice."

For those who would like to donate for Cancer Research UK, Creighton has a donation website.

Sources: The Telegraph, Daily Mail, JustGiving.com


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