SCIOTOVILLE — If you happen to walk or drive by 912 Harding Avenue in Sciotoville, you better beware. The home is inundated with spooky Halloween decorations that have the propensity to scare even the bravest of hearts.
A replica of Jason from the ‘Friday the 13th’ horror movie series, as well as Michael Myers from the scary ‘Halloween’ series stand erect on the rooftop of the home. For 10 years, husband and wife, Michael and Nora Belveal, owners of the residence, have been constructing the spooky Halloween display by popular demand.
“We started doing this about 10 years ago, and it started out small,” Michael Belveal said. “The neighborhood people really enjoy it. Each year it grows a little more, and more, and everybody anticipates something happening here. We kind of do it for the kids and the neighborhood. Everybody enjoys a good scare. My kids and grand kids always had a lot of fun with it, but they are older now. I was going to give it up, but all all of the neighborhood people like it, so we continue to do it. We put a little blockade up here, to keep the kids from going into the streets, and to keep everyone safe. Now, Monday (Oct. 31), I will be up here with a costume, and have a chainsaw, and scare the kids, and my wife will be dressed up.”
Nora Belveal, said their annual Halloween display costs them thousands of dollars to construct.
“We do it for the kids. They enjoy it, and love it, and can’t wait for Halloween. They ask us every year, what are you guys going to do, and they can’t wait to get here,” Nora Belveal said. “We have a lot, and spend probably about $130 on candy as well to give out to the kids, and yes, it does cost of thousands of dollars to put together.”
On the north side of the home sits a mock cemetery, with a masked bride, something Nora worked very hard at putting together.
“I was thinking of a bride at the time. So I went to a lot of different places, looking for a long bride dress,” Nora Belveal said. “I had to order the dress from online, then I saw that mask, and then I thought I would just put her in the cemetery, and put some other little, creative things in there. When the light shine on her at night, there are a lot of other really creepy things to see.”
The Belveals said their Halloween display will take place on Halloween day, Oct. 31, beginning at 5 p.m. Hundreds of people are expected to visit the 912 Harding Avenue home to have a spooky experience.
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