Editor’s Note: The following article contains images that some readers may find offensive
A Halloween decoration in Montreal has sparked an online debate over the differences between scary and offensive displays.
A frighteningly real photo of a model hanging from a tree in the Ahuntsic district of Montreal has been shared in the Facebook group “Montreal from yesterday to today”. The screen features a human-sized mannequin hanging by the neck from a tree with a bloodstained pillowcase on her head.
There’s also duct tape wrapped around the model’s ankles and torso, interwoven with string lights.
Shared later on Twitter, people online say the hanging display is too graphic for passers-by, especially children.
People in the comments section of the Facebook post say the posting is “in bad taste” and is “not in the spirit of Halloween”.
One user says the person who made the post could “use Halloween as a cover for their own psychopathy, definitely someone to keep tabs on.”
Others think the display is creative.
Daily Hive has contacted the Montreal City Police Department, which admits to receiving calls about the posting. City police attended the scene and asked the owners of the stall to put up a sign reading “fake” under the tree.
Some IDIOT in Montreal put up a TOO REALISTIC hanging body as a Halloween decoration.
It prompted calls to 911 and denunciations from neighbors and suicide prevention associations. pic.twitter.com/DZemgcAyq3
— 👻🍁 Pink Spooky Cat 🍁👻 (@HugoThePinkCat) October 12, 2022
Here’s how some people on Twitter reacted to the posting on Wednesday. What do you think — has this Halloween decoration gone too far?
The fun is off, everyone. No grim or macabre displays. Cartoon ghosts, bats and cats only.
-Flynn!! (@sleddogflynn) October 12, 2022
Dark and intense Halloween decorations are fun as hell. This? Yeah, hard no on that one lmao.
Doing that is just asking to be investigated.
— Raging Dog ΘΔ (@mechaMelancholy) October 12, 2022
I like scary things, but it’s a street, not a haunted house. It’s disgusting ! Have class.
– Gay ghost of the system (@Overlord_Mikey) October 12, 2022
It’s way too scary, I like creepy, but it’s way beyond the limit.
— 🏳️⚧️Articus Lucius🏴 (@ArticusLucius) October 12, 2022
As someone who struggles with depression and has had suicidal thoughts in the past. It’s not correct. Do not do that.
— 🏳️⚧️Ellie🏳️🌈 (@sweetvixenellie) October 12, 2022
Oh no, here we go again… The woke idiots are crying again. Not surprised it came from a furry cringe. Pathetic
— Gustavo Vidareal (@ Vanica89) October 12, 2022