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Spooky or offensive? Harnett County Halloween display draws harsh criticism

Posted October 24, 2017 6:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

— Halloween decorations are meant to be spooky, but neighbors in one Spring Lake community say Ann Highland's decorations are offensive.

Pictures of an inflatable man hanging from a flagpole in Highland's front yard have caused a firestorm on social media. She said some people have made threats against her safety.

On social media, comments accuse Highland of religious or racial bias in her choice of the effigy. Highland denies any religious or racial intent.

"Absolutely none whatsoever. The whole idea is Halloween is all about gore, blood, guts. The creepier the better, in my opinion," she said.

Highland is known for her Halloween gore. But she says it's all in fun.

"Last year I had my Jeep parked in the yard. I had blood coming out of it. I had one of my zombies sitting inside with her head and her hands hanging out," she said.

Highland said she is over people complaining on social media about her displays.

"Too bad. There are a lot of things that offend me, but I'm not complaining about it," she said.

The inflatable man was blown down by Monday night's storm, but Highland said she plans to hang the decoration back up.

"I am going to put it back up. I'm out here. I got my tombstones I got to put up," she said.

Highland said her decorations are supposed to be zombies and are no different than the millions of fans of the Walking Dead with similar displays across the country for Halloween.