Thanks to Naheed Rajwani at the Dallas Morning News for digging down into the owner of the home that has created the most sensational Halloween display in Texas, and in maybe the whole world: He is James Faulk and from what Naheed writes, Faulk totally had Ebola on the brain when he put up the biohazard decorations in his front yard.
He hoped his neighbors would look at the display and think, “Ebola.”
Oh, they did. Since the decor went up Sunday, Faulk and his girlfriend Carolyn Cox’s University Park home has become quite the talk of the town.
News vans come and go. Drivers slow down to take a picture. Joggers take a break to snap a selfie with the home on the corner of Westchester Drive and Emerson Avenue.
Faulk, who makes a living buying and selling items at auctions, said he decided to put a current events spin on his Halloween decorations after realizing many of the props were sitting in his warehouse in Las Colinas.
He’d bought the biohazard bins and bags at an auction put on by a hospital several years ago. This year, he decided to put them to use.
“What’s the scariest thing?” he said. “Ebola.”
One of my favorite parts of the story are that he filled the red biohazard bags with crumpled copies of The Dallas Morning News (ouch, but true confessions here — I have a parrot cage and we also use newsprint for poop liners). He also lined the bins with lights for nighttime trick-or-treaters. How thoughtful!
Once Faulk finished putting up the display on Sunday, some people, including police, checked to make sure the decorations were indeed decorations, and not another Ebola patient in the hood.
So he put up a “Happy Halloween” banner in his balcony just today.
It’s always nice to know the people behind the decorations, no?
One of my other favorite parts is what he tells people who DO NOT APPROVE of the decorations to do — it is so very polite: go take a swim in a lake! (Photo courtesy of LM Otero/Associated Press)