A North Dakota couple got a jump start on decorating for Halloween which caught some neighbors off guard.
One was so convinced by the scary way they decked out their home that he called police.
It was an accidental trick, long before any treats got handed out.
“It is my favorite holiday. It’s been since birth actually,” said Becky Muhs.
October 31st is also this couple’s wedding anniversary, and Becky’s birthday is on the 29th.
“Halloween is kind of a good day for us,” said Muhs.
Over the weekend, Becky Muhs got a jump start on Halloween decorations.
Before any of the eyeballs or inflatables went up, their first decoration was this window sign.
It says, “Help me,” and looks like it was written in blood.
After putting it up, the couple went out for a birthday dinner.
On their way home, they got messages from neighbors asking if they were okay.
One man even went as far as calling 911.
That neighbor is none other than WDAY radio host, Jay Thomas.
“I look across the street and I see in my neighbor’s window, the sign that says help me,” Thomas said.
“That window has always had the curtains drawn. So I’m like, ‘what’s going on in here?'”
He says he saw what appeared to be an undercover squad car parked down the street before calling the police.
“So I go walk down there, I look in the car, the person in there just motions me to get out of here. I’m like whoa, okay, something’s not right,” said Thomas.
Thomas calls 911, then he starts messaging Becky.
“I didn’t answer and 15 minutes later, he’s like, ‘are you okay are you okay, are you at home.’ and then I said, ‘what?” he said, ‘a sign, you have a sign on your window, help me.'”
She was okay, and the officer who showed up told the couple this happens all the time.
“To my defense, there were no other Halloween decorations out there,” said Thomas.
From total scare to a memory that’s still making both of them laugh.
“That was a talented terror there,” said Muhs.
Officers did not ask them to take down the “Help me” sign.