Creepy Halloween decorations outside a house have turned heads as the homeowners begin their preparations for what they call Goth Christmas.

While many of us are familiar with the traditional pumpkins and ghosts while out trick-or-treating, Lauren Angus and her partner Harry Jones have pulled out all the stops to terrify both adults and children alike with their unorthodox decorations.

Dozens of dolls and toys sit on the front wall and across her front garden in Portslade to a spooky soundtrack of quotes from the Barbie movie among others.

The Argus: Dolls sitting on her front wallDolls sitting on her front wall (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

Lauren said: "I don't think there is such a thing as too far, as long as it is something all the family can enjoy.

"With the Barbie movie coming out recently we just thought 'creepy toy box' would be a great idea. Most of the dolls have been given to us by the community after I put a shout-out on social media.

"We wanted to a bit left field and work with the materials we have. When you look at what Halloween could be, the scope is so massive."

The Argus: Lauren adjusting a baby doll outside her front doorLauren adjusting a baby doll outside her front door (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

Since Halloween fans Lauren and Harry moved to North Road in Portslade four years ago, she said neighbours have been captivated by their wacky decorations - even taking inspiration for their own.

"This is the biggest one we have done so far," she said.

The Argus: Lauren placing a doll with 'Hail Satan' written on the torsoLauren placing a doll with 'Hail Satan' written on the torso (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

"We weren't expecting so much attention about it. I'm already seeing repeat kids coming over to see the decorations."

"I do think we've encouraged the street to get more into Halloween."

The Argus: Lauren has put hours of effort into the decorationsLauren has put hours of effort into the decorations (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

For Lauren and Harry, Halloween is their equivalent to Christmas - even dubbing it "Goth Christmas." 

"When you see Christmas houses that start off with a few lights and before you know it they have a giant Santa, that is the same for us but with Halloween.

The Argus: Dolls attacking a skeleton in Lauren's gardenDolls attacking a skeleton in Lauren's garden (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

"We have three large boxes of decorations in our loft. Neither of us have an artistic background but it is just for fun," Lauren said.

The story behind this year's tableaux came "almost instantly" to the pair. Lauren said: "All the dolls have been imbued with a satanic energy and the skeletons are being attacked by all the dolls.

The Argus: Lauren Angus has decorated her front garden with dozens of dolls - and even a pentagram

"But most people look at it and just go 'wow, that's something' and we leave it at that."

Lauren's enthusiasm for Halloween comes from a young age where she said she was not allowed to go trick or treating.

She said: "To this day I've never gone trick or treating because I'm too old for it now, and I guess that is why I love to give back and with an experience to kids."