HALLOWEEN CASUALTY
HALLOWEEN, OCTOBER 2002, BEECH CROFT ROAD, SUMMERTOWN, OXFORD, ENGLAND

DESCRIPTION

AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF SLOWING DOWN TRAFFIC DURING TRICK-OR-TREAT PERIOD: CREATE A GHOULISH TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BETWEEN A CAR AND A ROAD-WITCH FAMILY.


MATERIALS

CAR, ROAD CONES, CHILD'S BUGGY, BROOMS, CLOTHING, POLICE TAPE, SMOKE MACHINE, PUMPKINS, GREEN JELLY


BUDGET

60 GBP


CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

1 and 1/2 day prep, 1 day build


SUMMARY

Trick-or-treat time means loads of sugar-crazed children with dark clothing and masks running wild in the streets, albeit with parental supervision. But this isn't really enough to convince a few motorists to adjust their driving habits, and so this very first ROAD-WITCH TRIAL was created in 2002.

The aim was to create a fantastic 'casualty', an accident between a family of road witches (with cones for heads) and a strange otherworldly automobile.

Like a genuine casualty, the scene attracted a crowd of ghouls.

The entire scene, with smoke, flashing lights, ghouls, and police tape was horrific enough at a distance to convince some motorists to seek other routes during the Halloween trick-or-treat period.

The term 'road-witch' was created to describe a crude dummy made of stuffed old clothes and a 'borrowed' road cone. Road-witches are an effective means of folk traffic calming at any time of year.

THE MYSTERIOUS ATMOSPHERE OF THE 'CASUALTY' SCENE

CHARLIE MANS THE SMOKE MACHINE

THE CORDONED OFF AREA, AND GIRLS LOOK ON IN 'HORROR' AT THE BABY BUGGY BENEATH THE WHEELS

UNFORTUNATE WITCH, AND REAR VIEW WITH PUMPKIN WITNESSES
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TRICK-OR-TREATERS RULE THE STREETS...A NICE CHANGE FROM LETHAL MACHINERY MOVING AT SPEED.
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