Shop slammed for displaying ‘dead child’ in Halloween window

A retail giant has been criticised for traumatising youngsters with a gruesome Halloween window display featuring dead children.

The Range has since apologised after shocked mums hit out at the store calling for the goulish exhibit at the company’s flagship store to be banned.

One parent feared the display in Plymstock, Devon, would give her toddler nightmares but the chain has not removed the display from the window.

Lisabeth Jones, 36, said her toddler ‘jumped out of his skin’ after encountering the new exhibit inside the store entrance.

She said: ‘I don’t generally like Halloween stuff – but I understand it’s coming up. I can understand displaying pumpkins and bats.

‘But if I had seen them on TV, I would have expected them to be 18-age rated.

‘There’s a zombie child and it rocks as you past it. So I was disgusted and quite shocked and upset by it,’ Lisabeth said.

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‘I went to someone on the customer services desk and said “is that really necessary? It’s quite horrifying”.

The show features a giant skeleton with creepy hands, red devil clown and even a ‘zombie’ child with greying skin, witch hair and no eyes.

A ‘dead’ looking girl doll even rocks back and forth on a swing as you walk by, say outraged parents.

On Facebook Lisabeth wrote: ‘I had two young children and frankly I was disturbed by these models, let alone them.

‘I’m praying it doesn’t cause them nightmares.’

Other parents agreed it’s not suitable, with one saying: ‘This is absolutely over the top. What a horrible display.’

A spokesperson for The Range said: ‘Our “Haunted Hallows” products are intended to celebrate the fun side of Halloween with elaborate decorations that include a variety of characters.

‘We are sorry to hear customers have found the display inappropriate, however we have also had a great deal of positive feedback from other customers who enjoy this side of Halloween.

‘We have tried to include a wide spectrum of items in the collection so we hope that there will be something for everyone to enjoy, however they plan to spend their Halloween.

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