Every year before Halloween, at least one person puts up a Halloween decoration so HARDCORE that people think it's REAL and call 911.  And this is the first big one of 2011.

In Salisbury, North Carolina, a man named Chris Deaton set up a Halloween display in a field near his house that makes it look like someone got run over by a riding lawnmower.  You can see the legs and arms sticking out, covered in blood.

A driver spotted it on Monday morning, freaked out, and called 911.  The cops didn't end up answering the call . . . this is the second year that Chris has put up the display, so it was already on their radar.

Having Halloween decorations like this one ARE legal . . . and so far, there hasn't been enough outrage for Chris to take it down.