Early Halloween decoration in North Dakota neighborhood prompts 911 call

Posted at 9:29 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 21:29:34-04

WEST FARGO, N.D. (WDAY) – An early Halloween decoration has neighbors in West Fargo concerned.

One of them even called 911.

It was an accidental trick, long before any treats got handed out.

“It is my favorite holiday,” explained Becky Muhs. “It’s been since birth actually.”

October 31 is also this couple’s wedding anniversary, and Becky’s birthday is on the 29.

“Halloween is kind of a good day for us,” she said.

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Early Halloween decoration prompts 911 call

Over the weekend, Muhs got a jump start on Halloween decorations.

But before any of the eyeballs or inflatables went up, their first decoration was a window sign.

It says “Help Me,” and looks like it was written in blood.

After putting it up, the Muhs went out for a birthday dinner.

On their way home, they got messages from neighbors asking if they were okay.

One man even went as far as calling 911.

That neighbor is none other than WDAY Radio host, Jay Thomas.

“I look across the street and I see in my neighbor’s window, the sign that says, ‘Help me,'” Thomas said. “That window has always had the curtains drawn. So I’m like, ‘What’s going on in here?'”

He says he saw a cop car parked down the street before calling the police.

“So I go down there, I look in the car, the person in there just motions me to get outta here,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Whoa, okay, something’s not right.'”

Thomas called 911, then messaged Becky.

She said, “I didn’t answer and 15 minutes later, he’s like, ‘Are you okay are you okay, are you at home?’ And then I said, ‘What?” He said, ‘A sign, you have a sign on your window, help me.'”

She was okay and the officer who showed up told the couple this happens all the time.

“To my defense, there were no other Halloween decorations out there,” Thomas said.

From total scare to a memory that’s still making both of them laugh.

“That was a talented terror there,” Muhs said.

Officers did not ask them to take down the “Help Me” sign.