By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE 6:30 a.m. 11/4/2019: The Southern Maryland Chronicle reached out to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office PIO Cpl. Julie Yingling and she has told us that the Sheriff’s Office responded to the home and made contact with the resident regarding the decoration. After learning fo the concerns expressed from the community, the resident elected to remove the display.


Great Mills, MD- The Southern Maryland Chronicle has been made aware of a Halloween decoration that is causing an uproar in a Great Mills community that is near the Greenview Knolls Elementary School.

The decoration in question is that of a person “hanging in a tree”. The decoration has a black hood on. The house that this decoration is at is reported to be around the corner from Greenview Knolls Elementary School.

There are many accusations being posted on the Facebook thread about who this is and what their job is but have not been confirmed by our publication yet.

Decorations like this have happened in other communities recently also. In 2014, a soldier had three(3) hanging decorations from a tree with black bags for heads. This happened on Fort Campbell in Kentucky and the soldier was forced to remove them by base officials.

In 2017, a town known as Spring Lake, NC, known for its gory Halloween decorations, had to remove a hanging decoration.

This year; in early October, in Emerson Heights, MI, a homeowner had police remove an offensive display his tenants put up that depicted a person hanging from a gallow. This display had a white cloth on it.

Hanging Halloween Decoration in Great Mills, MD November 3, 2019 11;00 a.m.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is working to find out more information and will update once we have confirmed information. We have reached out to the St. Mary’s Couty Sheriff’s Office PIO and are waiting on a return call.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...