Halloween display with guillotine riles some in Brigham City

A screen shot of a video shared on Facebook by Julie Bawden of the Halloween display in her front yard. The display has received complaints from several Brigham City residents

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Officials in a Utah community say they’ve received “more than a few” complaints over a family’s Halloween display that includes a guillotine chopping off the heads of baby dolls.

However, the city attorney for Brigham City, Michael Christiansen, said the display isn’t a public nuisance under the city code even though “it’s distasteful to some.”

KUTV-TV reports that In addition to the guillotine, the lawn display also includes a bloody nurse standing over a baby incubator containing angry looking babies and baby parts.

Julie Bawden said her family’s annual Halloween displays are just intended “to be spooky and fun.”

Neighbor Claudia Perry said she objects to the display, saying it’s too much. In Perry’s words, “how far are they going to go? And where are we going to stop?”

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4 Comments

  • Ronnie Schmid October 31, 2019 at 9:36 pm Reply

    This display is up the street from me and I think it’s hilarious, good for this guy staying true to the Halloween spirit!

  • Disgusted November 1, 2019 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Nothing “spooky and fun” about this. Have fun with your Halloween displays, put out your skeletons, ghouls, etc…but a bloody scene depicting violence toward babies? Disturbing.
    Bawden denies the amped up scene being any sort of retaliation, but clearly says that it is in her Facebook videos.
    Furthermore, Brigham City says that scene would have to come down if it’s “pornographic.” So a naked mannequin not ok, but one wielding an ax, severing the head of an infant on a stump with blood spatter everywhere is??? Wow. Great job Brigham City.

  • Darrell Burns November 2, 2019 at 9:23 am Reply

    Anyone that’s against this display, has lost all comprehension of what Halloween is about. Kudos to the Bawden family for displaying it, and helping to keep the meaning of Halloween intact.

  • Sally Sue Drewes November 3, 2019 at 10:21 am Reply

    This display was amazing he was not breaking any laws his yard is one of the best ive ever seen live and let live as to the neighbor who complained dont look at it but let the rest of the town enjoy it i hope he will continue every yeargood job my friend you rock

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