Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

IT TAKES a spe­cial fam­ily to buy a life-size replica di­nosaur and dis­play it on their front lawn, but the Rout fam­ily has now taken the­atrics to a whole new level.

Their rep­til­ian sis­ter, Roxy the rap­tor, has be­come a ma­jor fea­ture in their Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions, along­side a newly re­stored, Lon­don-style phone box.

The Coly­ton fam­ily of four has taken the some­what for­eign tra­di­tion and claimed it as their own, with smoke ma­chines, tomb­stones and bright cos­tumes.

The Hal­loween front-yard dis­play will have added scream fac­tor with a freak­ishly re­al­is­tic Freddy Krueger im­per­son­ation from fam­ily friend Garry Messer.

Karen Rout, aka Roxy the di­nosaur’s mum, said the dis­play was all to put a smile on peo­ple’s faces.

“We just do it to make peo­ple laugh,” Mrs Rout said.

“Af­ter our house fire, we just thought life’s too short. We could be grumpy be­cause peo­ple are on our front lawn or we could push it fur­ther and peo­ple just go ‘Damn!’”

To ad­mire their ex­trav­a­gant em­brac­ing of the spooky event, take a drive down Car­pen­ter St.

Karen and Ja­son Rout with chil­dren Casey, 15, and Char­lie, 7, and their friend Freddy (Garry Messer) Krueger.r. Pic­ture: David Swift

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