Last year, Jon Farrier took his 13-year-old son to several haunted houses around town but left disappointed each time.
“I never saw one pumpkin,” Farrier says. “No ghosts, no Jack-o-lanterns. It’s all about cutting people up. All of the icons of Halloween don’t seem to be there. I don’t like the blood and gore. That’s not what Halloween is to me.”
For the past 14 years, Farrier has been putting on extravagant, family-friendly Halloween displays at his home at 6623 Stefanie. The front of his house glows with Jack-o-lanterns, flying ghosts, a chained-up coffin, spiders crawling up the brick and tombstones that read “Happy Halloween”. On Halloween night, Farrier adds fog and spooky music.
All month, families have been stopping by to see the display and take pictures, and Farrier welcomes them. The Farrier house has become a prime trick-or-treating spot. However, since Halloween falls on a school night, he’ll be shutting it down at 9:30 p.m. sharp.
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