For those of us who like celebrating Halloween, the months leading up to 31st October can involve a lot of planning.
Whether it’s trawling YouTube for a good vampire make up tutorial, or scrolling on eBay for the perfect materials to put together an outfit, it takes a lot of thought. And that’s all before you’ve thought about decorating the house.
As the American tradition of trick or treating has found its way around the world, households in the suburbs have got into the spooky spirit.
More and more homes putt up decorations to let kids know they’re welcome to knock and put on their scariest faces in a bid to pick up some sweet treats.
But how far is too far?
A mum in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, thinks she might have crossed the line after neighbours called the police on her “triggering” display.
Renee Ryan’s “zombie” figure – which takes the form of a filled body bag knotted with rope – towered over passers by on her front lawn, but it wasn’t received well by everyone.
News.com.au reports Renee had spent three hours excitedly modelling the “zombie” with her son, using foam, carpet and rubbish bags to build a body-like shape.
However, after neighbours called the police after feeling offended by the figure, Renee swiftly took it down and apologised.
In a heartfelt Facebook post, Renee explained some people had found the display triggering in relation to suicide. She apologised profusely and added she never meant to cause offence.
She wrote: “To the person that called the cops again. I know who you are and I appreciate you and I am so sorry for your loss.
“At the end of the day the Halloween decoration was nothing more than foam, cardboard, plastic bags and sticky tape and if it was deconstructed in front of you it would still be the same.
She added she understood why the display had evoked such an emotional response, after losing a friend to suicide herself when she was just 17.
“No one can tell you how long you are to grieve for. Least of all me.
“My hope is that you seek the support that you and others need during this, so that in time you are able to carry on with an open heart full of love and are able to remember these beautiful souls for the life they lived and not for the way they left.”