TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – From skeletons to snakes to spiders, her Halloween display is bigger than life. But it’s for more than just fun and fright.
Decorating for Halloween is a tradition for Nicole Bowen that dates back decades.
“I’ve been here for almost 21 years and I’ve always had something,” she tells 13abc. “In the beginning it was just a few pumpkins here and there, and a few strings of lights. It just grew. Something new is added every year.”
Now she has hundreds of pieces to make out. But it doesn’t happen overnight.
She explains: “I usually start at the beginning of September. I’ll start with the fence, then the big items. And then I start with the little things.”
Bowen thanks her parents for sparking her love of scaring the trick-or-treaters of her neighborhood.
“The kids love it, the parents love it, and they come out and the kids say, ‘Ooo, Mom, look at the skeletons!’ So we have a lot of fun with it.”
But for the first time, she’s using her display for more than just a trick or treating. She wants to help raise money for St. Jude. As of Wednesday, she has a sign and barcode.
“Anyone who walks up to the display, if they want to donate, they can just scan it with their phone and it goes to St. Jude,” she says.
The Halloween lights go out on November 1. Then it’s off to the next vacation, with the same excitement.
Bowen says, “As long as the weather is nice, everything starts to fall on November 1st, I blow all my leaves on the street and then we start with Christmas.”
If you want to check out the display, you can find it on the 1700 block of Wildwood Rd in Toledo, near Detroit and Glendale Avenues.
You can visit the Skeletons for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Facebook page if you want to raise money for the hospital with your own Halloween decorations.
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