An Indiana family upset by an anti-Halloween church flier filed a complaint with police.

Dalene Gully of Ellettsville told Indianapolis television station WRTV-TV she was offended by the flier placed outside her home by the House of Prayer Church of Bloomington.

“I started reading it, and I was very, very upset by it. I found it very accusatory and very threatening,” Gully said.

The church’s pastor, Larry Mitchell, said the church did not intend to upset the family but sought to warn people that Halloween is not harmless fun.

“Halloween is not fantasy,” Mitchell told WRTV. “We’re training up our children, and obviously this lady was trained up in this. Halloween seems like it is taking just as much prominence as Christmas.”

The family filed a complaint with the Ellettsville Police Department, but Mitchell said he would have preferred they come to him first.

Gully said the incident prompted them to install an alarm system.

“This is my home, and I like Halloween,” she said. “If I want to decorate my home, I have every right to decorate my home.”


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