House of horrors: Halloween Decorations Prompt Multiple Police Visits

A Dallas man’s Halloween decorations had cops convinced there was an actual brutal murder scene at his house. 

  • WARNING: The article contains graphic images that some readers may find extremely distressing.

Steven Novak, an East Dallas artist, decided to go gore for this year’s Halloween. Instead of carving pumpkins and putting a fake skeleton on his porch, Steven turned his lawn into an incredibly realistic murder scene, Newsner reports.

Steven Novak/Facebook

To achieve this jaw-dropping level of authenticity, Novak used blood-splattered floor and gruesome dummies. One of the dummies in his chilling yard is found with his head pulverized, another with a scale replacing his head, and another with a chainsaw drilling into his body. There are also some blood-covered trash bags appearing to contain dismembered bodies and a wheelbarrow filled with chopped arms and legs.

Steven Novak/Facebook

Talking about the inspiration behind his carnage-looking home, the creative decorator told Dallas Observer:

“I’ve always been up to hijinks like flying ghosts or 7-foot tall snow sculptures of myself, so if I was gonna do Halloween, it was obvious that it should be hyperreal. No lights, fog machine, or camp … something that would really freak people out walking by in the dark. So I whipped up some dummies and slung 20 gallons of blood all over.”

The talented artist finds himself comfortably at the “horrifying” end of the scale when it comes to festive fall decor. 


While Steven’s way of garnishing his home for All Hallow’s Eve has stunned many of his neighbors, it has also brought cops around numerous times. He shares:

“Neighbors told me cop cars were in front of my house a lot during the day. I was only home twice to receive them. They told me they thought it was cool and that they were only there because they were required to reply to complaints from the sergeant.”

On one occasion, the police were all set as if it was a real crime scene. Novak says the officers gathered at his door in formation. He explains:

“When I opened it they asked me if it was all mine. I asked, ‘You mean the blood and the bodies? Yeah, that’s me.”

Steven Novak/Facebook

The inventive Dallas man says he is extremely “proud” of his Halloween decor.

“I’m most proud of the wheelbarrow tipped over by the street full of Hefty bags, looking like a failed attempt to dispose of the dismembered bodies in the middle of the night. A kid walked by and asked me what happened to them; I said they ate too many Skittles.”

Steven Novak/Facebook

Do you find Novak’s gore work creative or frightening? How did you decorate your home for Halloween? Let us know in the comment section!

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