Frightful scenes taking over

Some families go all out for Halloween

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

For some Franklin County families, Halloween is the holiday to go all out.

Ghosts, pumpkins, spiders, graves and dead bodies started appearing in the Kincaid’s yard Oct. 1. David and Tina Kincaid live in a high-visibility spot on Versailles Road next to Ringo Avenue.

Working on a dead body scene – bloody body parts hanging off a table – in his front yard Thursday, David Kincaid said he still has a few days of work left before he gets things as gruesome as he’d like them.

Already finished is Jason from the Friday the 13th series hanging in a tree, a grave with skeletons protruding from it and various pumpkins and ghosts scattered throughout the yard.

The bushes are covered in cobwebs with big black spiders spread across them; bats dangle from the front porch.

Tina Kincaid said people have started to recognize their decorations and know her as soon as she says where she lives.

“We do it every year, and we’ve lived here almost four years,” Tina Kincaid said. “I was so surprised so many people knew of us.”

She said their two kids, Dakota, 9, and Alyssa, 7, love it just as much as she and David do.

“We are really into Halloween,” she said. “We just kind of decorate everything.”

Other families go big inside their homes. Dawn McDonald, who lives on Bates Road in a house hidden behind a barn, puts a few decorations out front but uses most of her spooky resources inside.

The biggest attraction in McDonald’s home is the Halloween tree she created three years ago. Even though she got poison ivy cutting it down, she says it was worth it.

She painted it black, put it in a black witch’s pot and hangs Halloween ornaments on it.

There’s also a skeleton and bats hanging above the couch, a display of gravestones, pumpkins and spiders on an island in the kitchen and a wreath on the back door.

“As you can see, I love Halloween,” she said, walking through her living room. “I love this time of year – the frightfulness, the costumes.”

McDonald said she buys a lot of the decorations after the holiday sales and when things are still too expensive, she finds a way to make them herself.

“Growing up my mom always decorated,” she said. “I guess that’s where the inspiration comes from.”

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