While the woman who loves Halloween was a bit upset she felt the decision to take the decorations down was a 'no-brainer.'
Halloween is just around the corner and everyone is preparing for it with spooky Halloween decorations. However, things took a serious turn when a woman was asked to take down her 'morbid' Halloween decorations for a genuine reason. Salena Webb absolutely loves Halloween, so much so that she had her home in Duncan decked out for Halloween since September and was looking forward to celebrating this year. Among the decorations included a casket carried by two skeletons. Webb who usually shares gardening and family-themed content on her TikTok page shared a video of her neighbor’s son telling her that his father “just got diagnosed with lung cancer the other day” and asked if the casket could be taken down. Webb didn't think twice about what to do next.
She wrote in the caption, "My family knows I love Halloween and my decorations took me a while to make and put up. I had just purchased the skeleton carrying the casket to go along with my graveyard to really set my Halloween decor off this year." However, her video reveals that their neighbor's father just received a cancer diagnosis. Their son was concerned that the 'morbid' decor of a casket might upset his father in some ways. So, he decided to request Webb to remove it and she politely agreed despite the amount of effort put into the decorations.
"I was a little sad at first but I thought about the bigger picture. Me removing my casket isn't hurting me at all but it may ease and bring my neighbor a little bit of peace as he adjusts to this news," she shared. "Kindness is free and compassion goes a long way."
Many people were touched by both the son's gentle request and Webb's act of kindness. @thisgirlsaccount wrote, "He was so gentle about it and that was incredibly compassionate of you." To which Webb replied, "Exactly he didn’t come over aggressive because he knew it’s my house and was looking for me to have compassion and that’s exactly what I gave them."
@kayehollspointed out, "You both handled this tough situation in such a respectful manner," and Webb responded, "He truly was coming to me from a place of love for his father and I couldn’t deny that for them. Always next year." @miyabk007 added, "Wow. Thank you for your kindness and so thankful he expressed himself kindly too. This is how neighbors should be."
Webb also spoke with Insider telling the outlet that her neighbor spends time in his garage quite often and can easily view the decorations on her property so the decision was a “no-brainer.” "I'm a little sad about it, but it's not about me," she told the outlet. "There's always next year." For now, she's given badminton rackets to the skeletons that remained in front of her home to lighten up the spirit. The "morbid" items are in her backyard, she said, out of view for her neighbor.
After the video went viral, Webb proved once again how small gestures can make a huge difference. She dropped off a card and balloons to her neighbor to let him know he was not alone and they weren't upset by the request. She said the man was grateful, even going on to tell her, "You're good people."