KOUTS | Carl Pyles and Brandon Johnston have been turning their front yard into Ravenfall Manor for the past three years in order to give a good scare to trick-or-treaters.
They have everything from a pumpkin patch to a mausoleum to a fake graveyard to make their yard the best place to come for candy.
"We started putting stuff out last week, but had to put stuff down over the weekend because of the wind," Johnston said. He and Pyles had been out all Wednesday morning putting the finishing touches on their haunted yard scene and getting ready for trick-or-treaters.
Johnston created a backstory about the previous owners, the Ravenfalls, who possess occupants of the house on Halloween. He also created much of the decorations, using wood, metal and wires to create a more realistic scene.
"Halloween is Brandon's favorite holiday," Pyles said. "He gets really into it, and he had to persuade me to help."
Pyles also hopes to get more of the community involved and have trick-or-treaters donate canned food for the local food bank.
"We do this for the kids and to have fun," Pyles said. "We just want to give something back to the community, especially with Thanksgiving coming up."
Pyles said he spent over $100 on candy because he's expecting so many kids. Every year there and more and more trick-or-treaters that come by, leading to creating bigger and scenes in their front yard. Eventually they want to expand their haunted scene to their backyard, and make a walk through.
"We want to keep progressing this and eventually create new scenes," Pyles said. "We want each year to be different and have something new."