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Photos: Halloween House in West Hollywood Takes a Stab at the Catholic Church

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What's a West Hollywood Halloween season without some political displays? Couple ChadMichael Morrisette and Mito Aviles, who made national headlines when their 2008 display included an effigy of Sarah Palin, are at it again and this year it's about the Catholic church.

The scene is made up of "soulless parishioners" surrounding the Pope, who is leading the church on a crusade against equality. In a sense, this is an extension of their "forces of evil" series. Last year the decor was also about those who oppose equality and included Linda the Good Witch burning a Mormon missionary at the stake, a naked Maggie Gallagher on the roof -- she's the President of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy -- and a cut-to-pieces former Miss California winner Carrie Prejean.

But it always hasn't been so political. "My whole I've been decorating for Halloween, ever since I've been young, so it's been something I've always really liked," said Morrisette. "So when we started doing the roof, it was just an explosion of that." In 2007, their display was very traditional with flying witches.

Once Halloween is over, that's not it for them as Aviles is running for West Hollywood City Council in March. "It's time to change in the city of West Hollywood," he explained. "It's been the same politicians in office for over 25 years... It needs a breath of fresh air and I'm the one person to do that."

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By day, the two design window displays for boutiques around the Los Angeles area. Yes, that's where they get all those mannequins.

The display can be seen at 1253 North Orange Grove Avenue (at the corner of Fountain Avenue) in West Hollywood (map).

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