You just knew things weren’t going to turn out well when the manager of an Ohio haunted house attraction decided to build a Nativity scene on his lawn.
Jasen Dixon, who manages the 13 Rooms of Doom haunted house in Sycamore, found himself at odds with local officials when he built a fairly unusual Nativity scene for Christmas, according to Fox affiliate WXIX. Instead of a baby Jesus, the creepy display featured a zombie baby.
“I wanted a Nativity scene, and I worked with what I had,” Dixon told WXIX, saying he used leftover props from the Halloween attraction.
“The neighbors don’t like it,” Dixon said. “My father hates it, and anything bad that happens, he blames it on that. On the average, we probably get 30 or 40 cars stop[ping] and taking pictures, getting out with their camera. People that follow zombie movies and stuff like that love it.”
Sycamore Township officials don’t like it either, and they’ve ordered Dixon to take the display down.
According to documents obtained by WXIX, the Nativity scene violates building and zoning codes that say structures located in the front or side of a house cannot occupy more than 35 percent of the area, and that the structure must be 6 feet from the house and 3 feet from the street.
But Dixon believes the zoning violations are a ruse.
“I’ve lived here for 15 years, and I’ve never had a violation of any kind,” he said. “It’s a holiday decoration. I know if it was a real pretty Nativity scene, they wouldn’t be saying anything.”
Interestingly, Dixon was given until Dec. 26 to take down the display.
Watch the report here via WXIX:
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