Well, I'm a bit upset and wonder what members of the board think.
Very excited about our home haunt this year. I've been working for months and have added motorized props etc. for the first time. Major props to all board members who have answered questions, provided inspiration, tutorials, etc.
Love this community.
One of the things my kids and I did this year was build a seven foot "lifelike" zombie. He looks amazingly real. My kids paper mached his hands, etc. and we used the following realistic looking mask for his head:
Terrifying Rotted Zombie Corpse Halloween Mask Or Prop - eBay (item 370264610569 end time Sep-30-09 12:03:49 PDT)
The mask is awesome and looks amazing!
So, it's October 1st and my daughter and I were outside putting up one of our props when a lady of color walks by and asks us "is this stuff all yours?"
We've already had a number of compliments and people drive by and park, enjoying the assembly of our home haunt, so I'm ready for yet another expression of appreciation.
Instead, she says with anger,
"You're going to want to rethink this one here, because he looks like a black man hiding in the bush.
"I know that's not what you were going for but that's what people are going to think.
"I live down the street and I've already seen people do several double takes."
I WAS IN SHOCK! That's the last thing that would have ever entered my mind. I've had the mask for several years and have never thought that it looked like a black man.
My problem is that I'm actually extremely sensitive towards racial issues and as a result I'm seriously considering taking him down. Halloween is all about fun, and the last thing I want to do is make someone in my neighborhood feel bad.
On the other hand, we worked really hard on the prop, my kids painted his hands to match the mask, etc. and we've had a number of compliments. In many ways, he's my favorite prop.
If it's just one lady being an idiot, taking a Halloween prop in a direction no one else ever would, I may simply choose to ignore her and let her go sulking over our bad taste.
What to do?! I don't know. Either way, this sucks!