The husband of the mayor of a small Oklahoma town celebrated Halloween by donning a white robe emblazoned with a crucifix and then holding a large wooden cross near torches to make it look like it was aflame.

Cary Sharp, the husband of Lahoma mayor Theresa Sharp, told News 9 the ill-advised costume came about after a night of drinking.

“Sit around the bonfire and drink a couple of beers and thought well my buddy his last name is White and the subject got brung (sic) up,” Sharp said.

That subject, apparently, involved several men dressing in white robes—some wore hoods as well—and lighting a bonfire and several torches in the proximity of a cross.

“There was no cross that burned,” Sharp explained to Enid News, denying reports that spread once a photo of the incident went viral on Facebook. “It was held behind the fire to look like it was burning, but there was no fire. The pictures we’ve seen claimed they were burning one, but there was not one burnt.”

“This is ridiculous, really,” he added. “It was a Halloween night.”

Cross-burning or not, the display caught the attention of a concerned resident, who called the sheriff’s department.

The witness was informed by sheriff’s deputies that the incident, while in “poor taste,” was legal, though Sharp and his pals agreed to extinguish the flames and change when asked by a deputy.

Mayor Sharp, wisely, distanced herself from her husband’s costume, which she described as a “prank gone bad.”

“I was out trick-or-treating with my son, and I in no way support the activities that occurred,” she told Enid News.

Correction 2:16 pm: An earlier version of this post stated that the mayor, Theresa Sharp, said, “This is ridiculous, really. It was a Halloween night.” It was Sharp’s husband, Cary Sharp, who made the statement.

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