Halloween Decorations: The Good, The Scary, and The Controversial

Halloween has always been a time of raising eyebrows, but this year, decorations are getting almost as much press coverage as costumes. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Richard Piersol made headlines this month with his controversial Halloween decorations, which featured the decapitated head of President Obama. Pierson did not mince words about his intention behind the decoration, which is accomplished with a President Obama Halloween mask.


“It’s like free speech. I am pretty much saying I don’t like his politics, and I don’t like him. That’s it. I’ve got a couple of African American friends of mine that have given me more ideas to put out there to make it look gorier. And it’s like ‘no, I don’t want to do that. That might offend somebody.'”

According to Piersol, there haven’t been a substantial number of complaints about the Obama Halloween decorations, but he insists that if enough people make complaints about the scene, he will take it down.

Politics isn’t the only breeding ground for controversial Halloween decorations. According to CBS Dallas Fort Worth, a home owner in University Park decorated his home as an Ebola quarantine zone. The home owner, James Faulk, says that he intends the decorations to be scary.

“And what’s the scariest thing on the market right now? Unfortunately, it’s Ebola. As you can see there’s no mention of Ebola, it’s just a Halloween prank, and we just went the infectious waste route and put a few things together to hit a core with everybody and have a good time, hopefully, in the end.”

It’s working. Faulk’s Halloween display is so convincing that local police visited Faulk to investigate the decorations and neighbors have expressed concern. Less amused are friends and family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first and only person to die from Ebola in the United States.

Saymendy Lloyd, a friend of Duncan’s fiancee, said:

“In Africa, this is something that is killing people,” she said. “This is a virus that is deadly. And you take that as a joke and make that a Halloween decoration for your home? What kind of people are those?”

If controversy and epic decorations are not to your personal Halloween tastes, why not play it safe by scattering jack-o-lanterns around your lawn and house. Consider using a celebrity pumpkin stencil or superhero carving pattern. If you prefer your decorations a bit scary, try a zombie carving pattern. You could also delight your little Disney fans with a Disney pumpkin stencil, like Olaf from Frozen.