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Va. family defends gruesome Halloween display

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 1:20pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Richmond-area family is defending its gruesome Halloween display.

WWBT-TV reported Tuesday ( that it had received a complaint that the decorations outside the Midlothian home were offensive. In addition to pumpkins, headstones and a mad scientist, the display includes a hooded dummy in an electric chair.

Property owners Leslie and John Reamer say they spent hours crafting the execution scene. They say they didn't mean for it to be offensive.

They say it was all for fun and an attempt to attract trick-or-treaters.

A spokesman for the county says there's nothing officials can do as long as the display is on private property. Chesterfield police say the family has broken no laws.

The Reamers say the Halloween display is a family tradition and it gets bigger each year.


Information from: WWBT-TV,

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