The gruesome display has prompted multiple visits by police following complaints from locals.
Warning: This story contains graphic imagery.
Steven Novak loves Halloween. Like really loves it. An artist by trade, Novak now owns a company that opens and repairs safes. He's known in the area of East Texas for his Halloween displays. This is the sixth year he has made an outdoor display.
"I’m an artist and make stuff outside all the time," he explains to PEOPLE. "My neighbors told me I should do something for Halloween."
It appears that not all the neighbors got the memo. The gruesome display has prompted multiple visits by police following complaints from locals, although the officers reportedly described the scene as 'cool'.
The scene on Novak's lawn includes flying, animatronic ghosts, lights, fog machines, skulls, speakers, and cobwebs. He used almost two dozen gallons of fake blood to create the gory fake crime scene featuring four 'dead bodies' on a blood-soaked yard this year.
There is a man who has been killed by a chainsaw, a 'body bag', a dummy who has had its head pounded with a metal safe, and lies in a pool of blood, while one 'body' lies with its head completely smashed in
"The kids in the neighborhood told me I should put out dead bodies and blood the next year," Novak recalls. "Each year, they give me more ideas."
When contacted by PEOPLE , a spokesperson at the Dallas Police Department confirms they received a call this month regarding the residence.
"I answered the door with glee!" Novak recalls the police showing up at his home. "The officers thought it was cool," Novak continues. "They said that their sergeant required them to relay the complaint."
“I’ve always been up to hijinks like flying ghosts or 7-foot tall snow sculptures of myself, so if I was gonna do Halloween, it was obvious that it should be hyperreal," Novak said to the Dallas Observer. "No lights, fog machine, or camp … something that would really freak people out walking by in the dark. So I whipped up some dummies and slung 20 gallons of blood all over.”
“I’m most proud of the wheelbarrow tipped over by the street full of Hefty bags, looking like a failed attempt to dispose of the dismembered bodies in the middle of the night.” Novak says. “A kid walked by and asked me what happened to them; I said they ate too many Skittles.”