Norfolk man raising awareness after hundreds of dollars' worth of Halloween decorations stolen from home

NF stolen Halloween decorations (Mike Steen's house)
Posted at 9:11 PM, Oct 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-20 12:02:43-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Many are are gearing up for Halloween this year, including putting dollars for decorations.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than $3 billion is expected to be spent on decorations alone, about $500 million more than last Halloween.

Each October, nestled on 28th Street is Mike Steen’s house turned into a haunted haven of horror.

“I try to make it kind of creepy, but still friendly,” Steen told News 3. “Each one of these animatronics, to us, they’re kind of like family.”

Once a year, from top to bottom, the outside of his home turns into a passion for October 31.

“It’s something to scare you, to get your adrenaline going [and] to make you feel good,” Steen added.

Steen told News 3 he’s invested anywhere from $2,500 to $2,700 in his Halloween display.

“I saw an animatronic, I liked [and] I bought it,” he said. “I don’t keep track of it. It’s just one of those things, if I see it, I like it; I want it, I buy it.”

But lately, he's keeping track of his setup. He said around 4:30 a.m. on October 5, his surveillance cameras caught someone walking off with two of his animatronics, worth $700 combined.

The haunting situation has left Steen with one question.

“Why?” he asked. “Why would you do that? To get a little bit of cash, or what?”

He also has a plea for others to be aware while he keeps his passion poised to petrify.

“That man could’ve knocked on my door and told me, 'I’m homeless. I’m hungry; I need some food' - I would’ve fed him,” Steen said. “You don’t just come and take what somebody else has worked hard for.”

Steen said the incident was reported to Norfolk Police right after it happened, but two weeks later, he’s still looking for answers.

Tuesday, News 3 reached out to NPD for information related to this incident but did not hear back.

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