My turn

Scariest ghouls on the block

2013-10-30T00:00:00Z Scariest ghouls on the blockJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
October 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

People always want to know about the casket on our front lawn.

Is it real? Is it used? Where did you get it? Let me explain by saying yes, yes and funeral home. Our lawn is in full Halloween mode decked out with a variety of ghouls and ghosts and a casket with a body inside. Said casket was a gift to my husband from his friend who works at a funeral home. The casket’s handle broke in one way or another and it could no longer be used for viewings. Somehow it found its way to our house.

I’m happy to report that everything else on the lawn is fake. Yes, it’s that time of year again when I run from my car to the front door trying not to make eye contact with any of the masks and creatures along the driveway.

There was some hope when my husband listened to my request to keep the replica “Scream” villain off the porch this year. “Scream” was the last and only scary movie I ever saw in the movie theater and that guy is just too much for me.

After that success, I tried to talk to my husband into a more kid-friendly haunted house. It seemed to be going my way when he showed me a preview of singing pumpkins he planned to use.

They work like the ghostly busts in the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World. In this case, you project the faces of jack-o-lanterns onto real pumpkins. I pictured the jack-o-lanterns singing among some hay bales and a cute scarecrow or two. Kids would come and take pictures in their costumes.

But no worries, he busted out the electric chair, mummies and rats so we will be scaring and emotionally scarring the Hegewisch kids as usual. They will run from our house laughing and screaming and come back 20 minutes later to do it again.

You’d think after five Halloweens here, I’d be used to it but I am such a scaredy cat that even those singing pumpkins can be a little intimidating at night.

Alderman John Pope’s office said that Hegewisch and the East Side will have trick-or-treating from 3 to 7 p.m.

While driving around looking at the competition, we made a list of some haunted Hegewisch addresses you should visit:

13316 Avenue O, 13019 Avenue O, 12908 Exchange, 12919 Manistee, 12939 Muskegon and 12634 Muskegon. Some are spooky, some are cute but they are all worth seeing.

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