Haunting Halloween decor?

Published: Oct. 27, 2015 at 1:50 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2015 at 3:16 PM CDT
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Amarillo, TX - It's not unusual to see witches, skeletons, and other monsters fill front yards for Halloween -- but what about life-like bodies hanging from a tree? While some think this is just Halloween fun, others say it should be taken down.

"We're having a party and we wanted to go all out," said homeowner Joshua Pender.

Pender's home is all ready for his Halloween party with a display out front his southwest Amarillo home -- a depiction of a murdered family. A slightly blood spattered life sized dad, mom, and child wrapped in plastic and duct tape, hung upside down from a tree.

"I got the idea from Etsy and just thought it would be a neat idea," said Pender. "It was a cheap idea, too."

The bodies in Pender's Halloween display are made from boxes, water bottles, milk cartons, and some used old clothing.

Pender says this is the first time he's done something like this and was reluctant at first to do it.

"Stuff that I've seen at some of the Halloween stores is far worse and meant to be displayed outside," said Pender. "Our three-year-old daughter isn't fazed by it at all. So, I didn't really think about it beyond that."

For some of his neighbors, it's the first time they've seen a Halloween display like this in their neighborhood.

"As a mom of three, I don't know that I would have put a little one up there," said neighbor Shea Short. "To each their own, I suppose."

NewsChannel 10 reached out to people beyond just the neighborhood on Facebook. Several comments said it should be taken down. One comment said "it is sick to simulate hanging bodies, especially one of a child."

There were positive comments as well, some claiming they wanted to do the same display at their home. Others saying "it's just Halloween fun."

Pender's neighborhood is filled with children, and even these kids have their own opinion about it. Short's nine-year-old son said he thought it was cool and his younger siblings aren't scared of it.

Pender says he hopes no one is offended by his display. He also said he would take it down if if became a problem.