[Ed. – How to take the fun out of Halloween.]
As Halloween approaches, hair-raising yard displays can often cause people to stop, gawk and whip out their cellphones.
Larethia Haddon is well aware of that, and is using it to shine some light on real-life horrors, rather than typical Halloween themes.
In her yard at the corner of Mendota and Santa Maria avenues in Detroit, there are six dummies portraying police shootings, slain children, the Flint water crisis, and other horrors.
Last year, a single dummy placed face-down in the grass, realistically depicting a dead body in her yard, shocked passersby and caused fearful calls to the police.
This time around, Haddon wants to inspire a broader range of thought, rather than just shock.
“We’re trying to do something positive instead of just having a dead body laying in the yard,” she said. “Want to get people to be a little more focused on the issues, what’s going on in the world. We need to stick together more. We need to come together. And if we don’t, this scene in my yard is going to be reality every single day.”