The Dallas house that prompted police to call over its Halloween decor is even more gory this year
Last year, a house on M Street in East Dallas made headlines around the world for its bloody Halloween decorations. Media sources from South America to Russia have editorialized whether Dallas artist and engineer Steven Novak has gone too far with a lawn full of horribly murdered models. Novak’s realistic Halloween bloodbath drew several visits from Dallas Police, who called because they believed they had stumbled upon an outdoor crime scene.
“All the cops who came out last year were absolute gas. I invite them to come out and take more selfies, ”says Novak with a laugh.
Although his work went viral around the world last year, Novak feels no pressure to outdo himself. He sees his new Halloween project as a way not to think about the pandemic.
“This year has been difficult for a lot of people,” Novak said. “I think we can agree that this project works like a pressure relief valve.”
Novak inspects his yard with the pride of a new parent whose child has literally done everything and points the finger at every one of his creations
“The successes of last year remain: the safe, the ladder, the chainsaw, Roof Guy and my girlfriend,” he says of his current partner. “Also the fake blood made from corn syrup on the sidewalk. But there are a lot of new details; 55 gallon barrels have now come off the sidewalk filled with the shredded party [of guests]. And I made the body parts this year by cutting out mannequins and then filling them with skeleton parts and Great Stuff insulation foam.
The biggest piece in his bloody lawn gallery this year is a refurbished wood chipper that spits gallons of fake blood into his yard.
“There are a lot of new caper gadgets this year,” says Novak. “The wood chipper blood fountain being the clear centerpiece and easily the most difficult accessory. It took me months to find an old wood chipper for sale. The sellers weren’t happy with its new one. goal.
A jet of fake blood also shoots out of a commercial fountain head at a staggering rate of 3,000 gallons per hour, like a bloody geyser.
The “blood” then rises through the air over Novak’s catwalk in a kiddie pool covered in the remains of shredded mannequins.
Despite the blood red theme, Novak has a rather green heart and says that the fountain is set up in such a way that it does not waste water.
“Everything is fed by a submersible water pump inside the [kiddie] pool which then leads back to the wood chipper fountain, ”he explains. “You can activate this pump with your foot by flipping a hidden foot switch. ”
The Blood Fountain isn’t the only innovation made by the Halloween engineer. Novak created a facade, an optical illusion for the front door that makes it look like his house has been broken into by an ax murderer, because why wouldn’t he?
“I bought a door, matched the paint on the house, smashed it and put it up to swing on hinges,” he says. “The real door to my house behind it, I then painted with a product called Black 3.0 which reflects very little light so that it looks almost invisible.
The innovations are impressive in their creativity and cleverness, even on the part of an engineer, as much as they are macabre and disgusting, which has earned Novak the unofficial title of Dallas’ King of Halloween.
Due to the high cost Novak incurs to entertain and terrify his neighbors, this year he welcomes donations and has included his Venmo Account in the display.
“It’s been a huge amount of work and money, but it’s worth it because people love it so much,” says Novak. “People are as tickled watching my slaughter as they are watching puppies!”
And Novak likes to give people what they want.
“Next year it’s going to be crazy,” he says.