By Maria Cook
In 2017, two Carmel residents made national headlines with their Halloween yard display, featuring pumpkin-headed figures of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. This year, the display has returned with a new figure.
A shirtless mannequin holds hands with the “Trumpkin” in the yard along West Main Street. The mannequin wears a large winter hat and camouflage pants featuring a patch of the Russian flag. Many have speculated the figure is meant to represent Russian President Vladimir Putin. Although high winds blew the figure over in mid-October, it has since been restored.
The Pence figure also has returned. He stands near a Space Force sign wearing an astronaut helmet and brandishing a lightsaber. Another portion of the display seems to address the more serious issues of immigration and child-separation. A cinderblock wall separates large “adult” pumpkins on one side from a cage filled with small “child” pumpkins on the other.
The display also features signs and buttons with the word “vote” prominently displayed.
Mike Biro, who created the display with Ashley Snedecker, said that while they are not granting interviews about the display, its main purpose is to urge people to get involved in the political process.
“We just want to remind people to vote,” Biro said. “Just get out there and vote.”