COLLEYVILLLE, TX (CBSDFW.COM) - The election season and Halloween have been joined together in a yard display that is drawing attention in Colleyville.
The display features spiders big enough for a human to ride on. Spiderwebs cover much of the front yard. The scariest element though, may be the political and racial overtones some are conferring.
This is the sixth year Melissa Cruson and her husband Glenn have built an elaborate display for Halloween. And this year they decided to include what they called a political and financial circus.
Caught in a giant spider web strung between two trees are likenesses of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is wearing a clown suit and Obama has a red nose and large bow tie.
Signs with national debt numbers are posted around the web. Mitt Romney appears on the back of a giant spider. He's the man the Crusons say they hope can lead the nation out of the political and financial circus they are trying to portray.
"It has nothing to do with the office, the person that's in the office of the president; nothing to do with the color, anything like that," said Melissa Cruson. "It's just the whole arena is just out of control."
But reaction has been more critical in the three days the display has been up.
Some people have commented the president appears to be hanging, but Cruson said he's just caught in the web.
The family said while no one has contacted them directly, they've seen emails and blog posts that perceive the display as disrespectful and that there is a racial element to the display because the president appears to be hanging.
"It's the web," Cruson said. "It had nothing to do with the tree at all."
The family started building display like theses because they thought it would be entertaining to kids who attend Colleyville Elementary across the street. It has included other popular topics in past seasons, including a crashed car referencing texting and driving, and the popular mobile phone game Angry Birds.
The Crusons hope is the display entertains and sparks conversation, something they feel people are reluctant to have anymore.
In 2008, Obama was also featured in the web, along with Hillary Clinton. Joe the Plumber made an appearance too, with a sign that referenced a 'Web of Lies.' It didn't receive the criticism that has been leveled this year. The attention Cruson said has turned what started as entertainment, and a political statement, into a free speech issue now too.
"I just think it's important to show it's our right, to free speech," she said. "I don't want that squashed and I'm afraid it's being squashed by both sides."
The Crusons say despite the controversy, their display is staying up.
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