LaRethia Haddon takes Halloween very seriously. In fact, the Halloween posters she puts up in her Detroit home have prompted 911 calls in the past and this year is no different.
Haddon tells United States today that she has featured a mannequin decorated as a corpse in her yard for the past 25 years in the weeks leading up to Halloween. She moves the screen every day for maximum effect.
Surprisingly, phone calls to 911 regarding extremely realistic, uh, death-like costumes or displays do not increase during the holidays, according to Detroit Fire Marshal Dave Fornell, who spoke to USA Today.
“People don’t hesitate, they pick up the phone and call 911 if anyone needs help,” Fornell said. “We get calls like this every day, and they’re all real incidents. This type of call doesn’t bother us at all. It is a justified call. We don’t see this as a problem.
In the past, Haddon has used his exhibits to raise awareness of issues plaguing citizens across the country and here in Michigan. His body mannequins have depicted victims of police shootings, child murders and even the Flint Water Crisis.
In the video below from 2018, Haddon appealed to various TV personalities to try to bring national attention to these crises. The sign held by one of her models read: “Flint Water – Nobody Deserves This”.
Haddon told the Detroit Free Press in 2016, that the idea was inspired by her 5 and 10 year old grandchildren that they “weren’t afraid of the bogeyman or the monsters, but of what is happening in the world today” .