Frights start early for neighbors who deck out houses on Hillcrest
It can take weeks to build elaborate scenes. Once October hits, it's crunch time. Some yards are still empty, but by this weekend, most will be transformed.
Down the street from Ghrist, his neighbors were putting the finishing touches on their creepy dining theme. "You do a little this day a little that day," said Mike Johnson.
Four to five thousand goblins and ghouls will roam Hillcrest Avenue Halloween night. "You literally can't walk on the sidewalks," said Ghrist.
Some will spend $300-$400 on candy for trick-or-treaters. Others stock up on bags the weekend before Halloween with BYOC (Bring Your Own Candy) parties.
"It's an opportunity to do a project with your neighbors," said Johnson about the communal feeling on Hillcrest Avenue. "It's a chance just to talk to folks. The kids seem to enjoy it quite a bit."
If you enjoy strolling through Hillcrest Avenue, admire the scenes and the work that goes into it. "It's for the kids. I would've stopped years ago but people kept wanting me to do it," said Ghrist. "I wouldn't do it if I didn't want to because it's just too much work."
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