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

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 20:30 PM.

He and his wife Cindy will both be dressing up this Halloween to add to the animatronics, which include characters that move and talk. His neighbors usually come by and hand out candy by the driveway.

“It can almost seem like a neighborhood block party at times,” he said.

While some may go all out with fancy Christmas decorations and lights that flash to the music of a favorite carol, Gates keeps his Christmas decorations simple. But for Halloween, it’s a different story.

“You can do so much with Halloween, depending on how far your mind wants to take it,” he said. “I do this just to keep my mind active. For me to just sit and relax is a hard thing to do, unless you keep me interested in something.”

He does such a good job with the yard that some actually think it’s real, he said.

“I just want the kids to enjoy themselves,” he said.

The free freak show will begin when the sun goes down tonight.



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