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Ohio Man Ordered To Kill His Zombie Nativity Scene

A nightmare before Chrismas.

Posted on December 24, 2014, at 11:50 a.m. ET

Officials in Ohio have ordered a Cincinnati man to take down a zombie-themed nativity scene from his front yard.

Jasen Dixon erected, or rather resurrected, a display featuring undead versions of the three wise men and the Holy Family, including a figure of the baby Jesus with bright yellow eyes.

At night, the display is illuminated with various colors, while haunting, slowed-down versions of Christmas carols play.

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Dixon sourced most of the decorations from a haunted house he manages in Rising Sun, Indiana.

"I wanted a nativity scene and I worked with what I had," Dixon told Fox 19.

"The neighbors don't like it," he said. "My father hates it and anything bad that happens he blames it on that."

"On the average we probably get 30 or 40 cars stop and taking pictures, getting out with their camera," he said. "People that follow zombie movies and stuff like that love it."

But after complaints were made to the council, Dixon received a notice ordering him to take down the display because of its size and location.

Sycamore Township zoning director Greg Bickford told Reuters he found the display "comical," but it is too big to be featured in the yard.

Dixon has until Friday to remove the 10-foot by 10-foot scene or face a $1,000 fine, but says he hasn't decided what action to take.

"I haven't decided," he told Reuters. "I don't really know what's going to happen."