Creepy ‘dead’ dolls in Halloween window display leave residents horrified, organizers forced to apologize

HALLOWEEN event organizers have been forced to apologize after their spooky display of “dead dolls” left residents horrified.

Frightmare, which is hosting its 20th annual Halloween festival in Gloucestershire, received an angry note on its window asking for the creepy toys to be removed.

Halloween event organizers forced to apologize to horrified residents


Halloween event organizers forced to apologize to horrified residentsCredit: Deadline
the creepy "dead dolls" on display drew criticism from some locals


The creepy “dead dolls” on display drew criticism from some locals.Credit: Deadline
Other decorations included a throne from hell made of skulls and a nailed crucifix.


Other decorations included a throne from hell made of skulls and a nailed crucifix.Credit: Deadline

A disgruntled parent complained about the creepy display of dolls with bent limbs that looked “killed.”

The concerned local urged festival organizers to remove it, saying they didn’t want their children to see the “inappropriate” scene.

The images show several baby dolls that are mainly lying on their stomachs with their arms and legs bent in different directions.

Many are shown with prosthetic blood splatters on their backs.

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And a couple of the dolls appear to be burned as they lay between a “bloody” butcher knife.

Behind the creepy dolls, the storefront is covered with cutouts from old books that have been covered in fake blood.

Frightmare worker Georgia Wilson, 27, created the display and ended up having to remove the dolls from the crime scene.

Georgia later confirmed that it had issued an apology to offended residents.

The initial complaint note, which was typed and taped to the window on Saturday, read: “BABY MURDERED? DEAD DOLLS?

“We don’t want our kids to see this inappropriate window scene. Please remove it as it is not appropriate for everyone passing by to see.

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“Thank you. Concerned parents and residents.”

Frightmare organizers later attached their apology about the notice, writing: “Dear neighbors and concerned residents,

“We would like to clarify that no babies (or dolls) were harmed in the making of this showcase.

“However, we apologize for any inconvenience caused and have removed the doll parts as requested.

“Happy Halloween.”

Frightmare uploaded a video to TikTok showing the ads, writing, “Public apology. Georgia can no longer display storefronts.

“We have sent her to the room of mirrors, so that she can take a good look at herself.”

The video garnered more than 38,000 views and comments from viewers who were shocked by the complaint.

One person said: “Honestly, it would have made the display even more horrible!”

“Ridiculous! We live there and love Frightmare!” another added.

While a third person commented, “Someone always has to screw it up!”

Speaking today, Georgia, 27, said: “Frightmare is a Halloween event with scary mazes, stage shows and characters within the queues – it’s like a celebrity Halloween and it’s different than what normally comes.

“It’s something that has been going on in Gloucester for years on a farm. But we recently moved downtown and had a lot of battles.

“So now we’re trying something new and something accessible. I’m pretty new to the team, so this was my first time doing the showcase.”

Georgia said she had found some great books at a charity shop and thought it would make a “really cool” showcase.

He added that the book had biology, tool books and babies, like a “murder mystery”.

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Georgia continued, “After I did it, I went back and thought it looked like Halloween, and so did the crew. We all felt that the dolls were just accessories and we were a bit surprised when we read the note.

“It was never my intention to offend anyone. I never thought of accessories as little dead people. But the way the note was worded made us laugh.

“I wrote the [social media] post because it made me laugh because I thought my coffin showcase would be more offensive, but I think I’ll be a little more cautious in the future.”

Several other exhibits at the event include a throne from hell made of plastic skulls, a coffin with nails hammered into a crucifix, and overflowing biowaste bins.

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