Ray Gates enjoys transforming his Havelock house and yard into a celebration of the holiday

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Ray Gates carries a panel toward his home as part of a large Hallloween display he creates each year at his 404 Foxlair Lane home in Havelock. He calls decorating and creating animatronic characters for the holiday a hobby.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 08:30 PM.

Every year for the last 15, neighbors have noticed a transformation around the middle of October at 404 Foxlair Lane in Havelock

That’s because Ray Gates has a passion to put on a scary show every Halloween.

“It gets bigger and better every year,” Gates said last week as he carried out one of more than a dozen creepy, animatronic creatures into his front yard.

“This is my hobby,” Gates said. “I started with a grave digger, and then a mausoleum and then the mind starts working.”

Ray Gates’ mind is in a place where others may not want to go. He is constantly churning out ideas that are the stuff of nightmares, all in an effort to put on quite the show for Halloween.

“I’m old school, not blood and gore” Gates said. “I was raised on Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Bella Lugosi and Lon Cheney Sr. and Lon Cheney Jr.

“I’ve Einstein’s brain in a jar. I just have a vivid imagination because of my childhood.”

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