The much-dissipated regional effect of Hurricane Sandy was day after day of wind and rain– making it the ‘Halloween from Hell’ for local display artists.
Spending most of the seasonal witching hours behind rain-splattered windows, I wasn’t able to venture out of northwestern Pennsylvania/northeastern Ohio, but was able to make return visits to several of the annual ‘toxic waste dump Brigadoons.’
David Lohr and display; Albion, PA 2012
The actual (salvaged) crashed plane lands in different parts of the yard every year….
|Lohr Family, 2010||Carla Wiginton Lohr, 2010|
Conneaut, Ohio has an especially active Halloween display tradition. Randy Skalos’ animated, sound-effected garage and property (“haunt on williams”) attracts so many Halloween night visitors that the city closes his residential street to vehicles.
|(Mucci on guard, 2011)||Randy in 2011|
A rain-delayed Halloween night brought out some amusing costumes, including a four-legged stilt creature– that made the journey from Erie, PA, and long lines outside Randy’s garage.
Jeannie Tagle, also in Conneaut, posed in a coffin for one of last years pictures. This year she’s hands-on the zombie babies.
|Jeannie Tagle; Conneaut, OH 2011||(2012)|
Jeannie starts taking her display down on Halloween night– soon after the last trick-or-treater departs– so I arrived for a return visit under a golf umbrella to get these rained-soaked shots of her ghouls in final romp, but Jeannie let me know that the mayor had granted a reprieve from storage– trick-or-treating had been rain-delayed until the weekend.
Last Halloween I met Kris Mucci in Conneaut at Randy and Jeannie’s displays, and her son was a fixture– standing vigilantly on guard– at Randy’s 2011 display (see above). We planned for a Halloween family portrait in 2012.
Back in Pennsylvania, our neighbor in, and former mayor of Cranesville, Paula Fetterolf makes differently-themed displays every year. This year she posed as the wicked Queen Grimhilde in her Snow White display.
Karen Dibble, another neighbor in Cranesville, does an annual display centered on her front porch that includes a taxidermy dog in wolf-mask, and multiplying numbers of plastic rats and snakes surrounding her daughters in homemade costumes.