Parma family puts controversial Halloween display back up

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PARMA, Ohio — A Parma family that took down its controversial Halloween display after public backlash has put the display back up after “overwhelming response from the community.”

The Barrett family previously said this year was the third that they put up the display, which consisted of dummies covered in blood, wrapped in bags and hanging from trees.

But the display came under fire a couple of weeks ago after some complained that it was too graphic, especially since the house is near an elementary school.

The city of Parma said the display didn’t break any laws and that the family had a right to freedom of expression. But the family decided to take the display down after safety concerns.

Over this past weekend, the display was back up.

In an email to Fox 8 News, Vicki Barrett said:

“The decision to put the display back up was the overwhelming response from community. We had police officers visit our home offering protection if we decided to put [it back] up. Parents stopped by saying their kids were upset we took it down. We also received some weird mail that was unwelcomed. After a lot of debating, it came down to the fact IT’S HALLOWEEN and we don’t like plastic pumpkins or skulls. HAPPY HALLOWEEN.”

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