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Louisville's "Halloween Street" ready for visitors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- From skeletons and vampires to ghosts and goblins, it's a tradition that Hillcrest Avenue homeowner Michael Ghrist says dates back 20 years.

Every October, residents on Hillcrest Avenue, nicknamed Halloween Street, deck out their houses and yards in Halloween decor.

Take a stroll down the three block stretch and you're likely to see close to 50 houses with extensive displays.

"It takes two weeks to put it up, two weeks to tear it down. I maintain it for the whole month," said Ghrist.

But last year, fewer homeowners took part due to some incidents the year prior.

"A minor scuffle or two but I think anytime you have thousands of people, there is going to be someone who's a little unruly," said homeowner David Carpenter.

But last year, residents say, the crowds were calm meaning this year all the original houses are participating again.

"It does seem to be a little bit of a resurgence this year," said Carpenter.

So what's special about Hillcrest Avenue versus other street displays?

It's all mostly original material. You'll see hand made signs instead of store bought decorations.

"It's a homemade but creative street and that's what it is," Ghrist told WDRB.

And for that, it's earned a reputation, drawing in trick or treaters from near and far.

"You get trick or treaters because of the street, regardless of your decorations. If you're willing to hand out candy, they're here. Thousands," said Carpenter.

Carpenter says he spends hundreds of dollars on candy. Other neighbors throw parties where their guests bring candy for then to hand out.

Neighbors estimate 4 to 5,000 trick or treaters on Halloween night.

"We try to tell the public, please if you come out here, behave. It's a family deal. It's not for people coming to party. It's family. It's kids," added Ghrist.

If you just want to see the decorations, residents advise you go any night between now and Halloween because Halloween night is very busy.

For trick or treaters, you have from 5-9 Halloween night.

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