A squad of seven police officers swooped on a mother-of-two’s home after she left a fake corpse from Halloween out and neighbours thought there had been a murder.
Cara Louise, 28, used the prop wrapped in bin liners during a party for her children last year, leaving it in her garden.
But she shifted the spooky decoration while gardening and forgot to move it back as she rushed to collect her eldest son from school.
The hairdresser was left horrified when police swarmed her home in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, yesterday morning after three people spotted it and called 999.
She was able to explain to the force what had happened after returning from the school run.
Cara Louise, 28, shifted the spooky decoration (pictured above) while gardening and forgot to move it back as she rushed to collect her eldest son from school
The hairdresser (above, with her two children) was left horrified when police swarmed her home in Bedfordshire yesterday morning after three people spotted the prop and called 999
She said: ‘My five-year-old boy is really into dressing up for every occasion so we did the inside up with a circus theme and he dressed as It.
‘So the prop in the garden was part of our theme. I have a tip for all parents who go all out at Halloween like myself – dispose of props or put them away safely.’
Ms Louise, who has two sons aged five and six months, said police fortunately saw the funny side.
She said: ‘I arrived home from the school run to see two police cars driving away from outside my house.
‘I get out of the car to my neighbour standing there in which I ask jokingly ‘What have you done?’
‘Then I was told they were all at my house as three people had called in to report a dead body.’
Ms Louise said she had kept the prop behind her wheelie bins since November.
She continued: ‘But today I moved him out to clear the garden and forgot to put him away.
‘Ten minutes later another police car pulls up in which I had to explain I have not killed anyone and I will put him away in a secure place.
‘All whilst my five-year-old stood telling them how much he loves Halloween and we can’t get rid of the body because he loves it.
The fake corpse pictured in Ms Louise’s garden during her Halloween party last year. She was able to explain to the force what had happened after returning from the school run
Ms Louise’s eldest son, five, in a Halloween costume. She said he ‘is really into dressing up for every occasion’, adding: ‘So we did the inside up with a circus theme and he dressed as It’
‘It certainly made me and my neighbours laugh. Luckily the police did see the funny side, all 10 of them.’
Recollecting speaking to the officers, she said: ”Who has legs that short?’ The policeman said: ‘You might have cut them.’
‘I said ‘oh, did you check my bins?’ They looked a bit concerned and asked ‘should we?’
‘I was asked to chop it up and get rid of it to which I said ‘No, i’ll just put him in the shed with the others until next Halloween’.’
Ms Louise added: ‘I was shocked they’d been called three times. I had a long day so coming home to see police cars I just assumed was a neighbour.
‘Then to be told they were all at mine I laughed it off until another neighbour came out and said it too.
Ms Louise, pictured above, said: ‘It certainly made me and my neighbours laugh. Luckily the police did see the funny side, all 10 of them’
‘I was so embarrassed I couldn’t believe people thought I was capable of it.’
Ms Louise posted about the incident on Facebook, with one social media user commenting: ‘Did they actually check to ensure it wasn’t a body? Or was this the perfect crime?’
Another wrote: ‘Neighbours obviously thought you were capable of murder and dobbed you in. I wouldn’t speak to them any more.’
And a third person quipped: ‘He’s armless.’
Police confirmed they attended Cara’s house where the fake body was found which turned out to be a Halloween prop.
A Bedfordshire Police spokesman said: ‘We received reports of what was believed to be a body bag in Houghton Regis.
‘A number of officers patrolling nearby attended and confirmed the item was a discarded Halloween decoration.’