You may remember last year that we reported a Texas man’s bloody Halloween front yard diorama was the subject of many calls to the local police. It seemed his neighbors couldn’t handle the blood and gore of the scene and thus complained about it a lot.
“All the cops that came out last year were an absolute gas. I welcome them to come out and take more selfies,” said creator Steven Novak to The Dallas Observer.
This year Kovak is doubling down on the gore and creating something his neighborhood can really talk about. He says the pandemic is a buzz-kill and creating his front yard spectacle is a way to take his mind off of it.
Although the 2020 viral aspects of his killer scenario will remain a part of the current project, he is adding more elements to keep the crime scene fresh.
“Last year’s hits remain: the safe, ladder, chainsaw, Roof Guy and my girlfriend,” he says. “Also the fake blood made of corn syrup on the sidewalk. But there are lots of new details; 55-gallon drums are now out by the curb filled up with the shredded party [of guests]. And I made the body parts this year by cutting up mannequins then filling them with skeleton parts and Great Stuff insulation foam.”
Possibly inspired by the denouement in Fargo (1996), Kovak created a realistic woodchipper scene complete with a working blood spout that empties into a pile of viscera on the opposite side of the yard. This centerpiece uses a whopping 3,000 gallons of recycled fake blood per hour.
“There are lots of new gimmicks to this year’s caper,” Novak told The Observer. “The wood chipper blood fountain being the clear centerpiece and easily the most challenging prop. It took me months to find an old wood chipper for sale. The sellers were not pleased with its new purpose.”
Another added element for 2021 is his front door which appears to have been breached by a serial killer as evidenced by the embedded ax still stuck inside it and the severed body parts strewn around the stoop.
Kovak has become internet famous for Halloween thanks to his set-pieces. In fact, he’s been dubbed the local The King of Halloween.
The artist is also taking Venmo donations in preparation for next year’s showstoppers, something he hints that will outdo his previous large-scale murder scenes
“Next year’s gonna be nuts,” Novak says.
You can follow Novak on Instagram to see more pictures and videos of his process.
Header and article images courtesy of Steven Novak.