by Lisa Tome
You may not know her name, but if you trick or treat in North East, you probably know her house.
A Mauldin Avenue resident, who asked that her name not be revealed, is passionate about decorating for Halloween. So much so that she starts creating her display on Labor Day.
"I've been decorating for 20 years. I really like Halloween. But I'm not a devil worshipper or anything," said the woman.
She makes her own spooky stuff, she buys things, and also receives some as gifts. She said that people in the area know she loves Halloween, so if they get a deal at a yard sale, they leave the second hand decorations in her yard.
"I start Labor Day and I do the inside and the outside. A local carpenter comes and does (builds) whatever I ask him to do," she said. She decorates the inside of her home for family and friends.
"I have a haunted house inside because I have parties - work parties, family parties, and friend parties," she said. She also uses a week of her paid time off from work to get all the decorating done.
"I'm a banker. But I like to do this. I see stuff in magazines and I see stuff on Pinterest," she said. She uses those ideas and her own creations to make things such as a Christmas wreath spray painted black, a guillotine, a stockade and more. She also takes ideas from scary movies. She likes ghosts, Dracula, and a zombie or two. On Halloween night, she and six other people are needed to run all of her spooky items.
"I used to have five Christmas trees but Halloween's my biggest holiday now. I keep the decorations in my attic, basement, and Black Bear shed," she said. "It takes me two hours to turn everything on. I have stuff that moves, howls, and talks." There are also spotlights and both electric and burning candles.
You would expect that having such a large display would wreak havoc with the electric bill. "I don't notice anything because I have the pool all summer. There's only five nights when I have everything on full blast. The electric bill is not even a factor," she added.