EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHalloween Display Causes Controversy
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Reported by: Rick Lord
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 24, 2013 6:36 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 10:23 PM EDT
Kenova , Wayne County , West Virginia
Halloween is supposed to be scary, but, apparently, one display was a little too frightful.
To the disappointment of many, a fake skeleton scarecrow is back inside Advance Auto Parts in Kenova.
It was on display outside, underneath the store’s sign.
But workers said someone complained that it was “too scary” for their grandkids, so the corporate office made them take it down.
Clarence Peyton of Kenova liked the display.
“For Halloween?! I thought it looked good," he said.
Debbie Fortner of Kenova didn’t find the scarecrow frightening.
"Not to me," she said. “I don't think it's horrible looking."
Managers weren't allowed to comment, and Eyewitness News was unable to speak with a corporate representative from the store.
The scarecrow has a skull mask and is dressed as an auto repairman, holding a cup of coffee.
Fortner said the complainer should talk to their kids about the spirit of Halloween, and not spoil good fun.
"It's free will,” she said. “Maybe the kid will appreciate it someday"
While the display may be gone, most people in Kenova say you can’t tear down their Halloween spirit.
A Halloween decoration in Wayne County has caused a controversy.
Advance Auto Parts in Kenova had to get rid of a fake skeleton after a complaint that it scared someone's grandchildren.
The company’s corporate office made the managers move the display inside the store.
People living in the area said it's hardly scary and the whole thing is quite silly.
“There's nothing wrong with that,” Debbie Fortner of Kenova said. “In fact, our daughter would love to have that in our front yard.”
Store managers said they were not allowed to comment on the situation. Phone calls have been placed to Advance Auto's corporate office.
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