| The Columbus Dispatch
With many of us having more time to haunt our own homes this year during the pandemic, fans of Halloween have had the opportunity to create some inventive and fun holiday scenes. But what fun is haunting if there’s no one to haunt?
To spread their holiday “spirit,” several Dispatch readers have agreed to share their Halloween fun this season.
Carroll Bowman and her husband Joe, both in their early 70s, have lived on their horse farm between Gahanna and New Albany for nearly 40 years.
But only in the past few years has a spooky (or amusing, depending on your point of view) skeletal horse and rider been haunting the property.
And since the display is on a horse farm, the obvious question ensues.
“One woman, with her mother and daughter, pulled up and asked to take pictures,” Carroll Bowman recalled.
“She asked, ‘Is that really a horse’s skeleton?’ ”
Bowman responded by activating the sensor that makes the horse whinny and its eyes glow, she said.
Whether that answered the visitor’s question is unclear, but just FYI, the boney horse is plastic.
A passion for collec
Artist Cindy McGuire of Marion takes her teddy bear art to many art shows. While there, she has picked up some interesting holiday decor items, some old, some new, she said.
“Doing shows all over the U.S. and the world, you see those great pieces,” she said.
“And our house is a 1910 brick four-square; it’s a great place to display things,” said McGuire, 66.
“I love that flavor, mixing old and new together.
“I’m not a dedicated Halloween collector, but I collect seasonal things, and I like decorating for the season,” she said.
All hail to the Hales
The Hale family of Westerville has only been decorating their house for a few years. But they’ve really gotten into the spirit, said Mary Kay Hale, 47.
“That’s where all my spare money goes, to Halloween decorations,” she said.
“We live across the street from a school. We love to watch the kids approach our house. Some either cross the street, or run like they’re being chased by bees.”
But come trick-or-treat time, their spooky house is a kid magnet, Hale said.
“We love the kids, the trick-or-treaters, the costumes.”
The Hales make many of the decorations, especially the most grisly, themselves, Hale said.
“We call that my husband’s girlfriend, since he made her,” she said, of one partial skeletal form.
“And every year they get grosser, more stuff stuck in their hair, more stuff peeling off.”
The Hales are empty nesters, but these days, their five grown children come over to help decorate the yard. And their 3-year-old grandson loves the gruesome decorations, Hale said.
But the neighbors? Perhaps not so much.
“We’ve got some older neighbors who I think suspect we make sacrifices on Wednesdays,” she said.
“I think I’ve heard the word “abomination” used.”
Seeking Halloween displays
If you’d like to share your own unusual, fun, funny or king-sized Halloween decorations, send a high-resolution photo to [email protected] Include a brief description and your name, age and town or neighborhood.