Halloween house in village so spooky that police told owner to ‘tone it down’

A colourful and extravagant Halloween display outside a Leicestershire home is so spooky that the police were called in.

Jo Flower, 37 and her husband Rob, 48 regularly transform the the front of their house in Rothley to mark certain days in the calendar including Christmas, Easter and Halloween.

The couple say they’ve never had any problems in the past, but were visited by police officers after they set up this year’s Halloween display, who asked them to “tone it down”.

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The display lights up at night, transforming the front of their home into the entrance of a haunted house, complete with blow-up ghosts, vampires and wooden planks across the windows.

Jo told LeicestershireLive: “We do it every year, apart from last year, and we never have any problems.

“We’ve had amazing feedback this year – kids come to visit to get sweets and nurseries have come along to take pictures.

“We’ve got nephews and nieces who love it too.”

Jo Flower, 37 and her husband Rob, 48 transformed the front of their house in Rothley as part of an annual tradition for the spooky season
The front of the couple’s house has been completely transformed.
(Image: Jo Flower)

Jo and Rob were not at home the first time police paid a visit to the haunted house, but a few days later, when Rob was outside adding more props, officers turned up again.

“Officers said they were given an anonymous tip-off and asked us to take it down, but it’s in our own front garden,” Jo said.

After missing last year, Jo said some of her neighbours had been asking when the display would next be up.

“I don’t know why it would be a problem but police did say that one of the headless mannequins could cause offence.”

The Halloween display has been part of a longstanding, family tradition, but this year, Jo and Rob decided to raise money for Cancer Research alongside it.

Earlier this year, Jo faced the alarming news that he had precancerous cells in her uterus and just two weeks ago, underwent a hysterectomy.

The mother-of-two said despite the recent surgery she was “keeping well” and given the “all-clear” on Friday, 29 October.

Sadly, her mum had passed away after being diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

“We decided that this year we would raise money for Cancer Research and raise some awareness,” Jo said.

A fundraising page created by Jo and Rob has raised more than £200 so far.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News