Hallowe’en isn’t far off now so prepare for some shocking items on sale and some sinister shop displays to aid those needing fancy dress for a spot of trick or treating, writes Steve Sims.
It may be a bit of fun for some, but it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.
And it looks like Poundland in Luton town centre have gone a little too far this year.
Several readers got in touch to complain about the discount retailer’s spooky ofering. Among the display were Hallowe’en ‘knives’, and reader Jayne Jones told us: “There are enough knife crimes and in Luton there is always a story of someone being stabbed. Not nice to see in the store if someone is affected by the real thing really.”
But what really riled Jayne, and other readers, up was what the store had concocted with the imaginative use of some of its masking tape.
Jayne said: “The best part I saw was on the shop floor, a ‘chalked murdered body’ [a crime scene I guess] with ‘blood’ right on the head, just to make a point of shock.
“If anyone wanted to see a real ‘crime scene’ look no further than Luton itself.
“When I was a child, it was spiders, ghosts, and fun. Not anything to do with murder. So why has this store gone too far?
“I just think Poundland has over stepped the line of shock.
I hope things will get back to normal’ or is this ‘normal’...”
Within hours of me contacting Poundland on Friday, I noticed as I walked past the shop the ‘body’ had been removed.
And a Poundland spokesman said yesterday: “We are sorry to hear about the concerns that some readers have raised and apologise for any offence caused.
“We would like to reassure shoppers that the mock crime scene is not in line with our approved Hallowe’en in-store theatre and was removed from the store as soon as it was brought to our attention.
“Our Hallowe’en product range is not intended to offend in any way and is in line with other retailers’ Hallowe’en offering. We believe that our seasonal offering is in the spirit of Hallowe’en.”
For a shop known for its bargains this was certainly a cheap gag...
Send us your views on the ‘body’ to firstname.lastname@example.org.
> This is an extract from the Simply Sims column from the October 23 issue of the Luton News