Tricks and treats at Rowsell Boulevard
Preparations in place to welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween night
The decorating started 10 years ago when Dawn Payne moved to Gander.
Out of utter disappointment that no children showed up for tricks or treats on Halloween her first year on Byrd Avenue, Payne decided to do something about it.
“If I decorate, they will come,” Payne said.
And they sure did.
“We had 392 kids last year, and it gets bigger every year,” Payne said.
The front yard is not the only part of the house that gets decorated. The early stage of decorating in the garage has started, and the attention to detail is evident.
Black plastic cover parts of the walls, skulls and cobwebs are placed on shelves, and mannequins of witches watch intently from one corner.
Trick-or-treaters know to head into the garage for their treats.
As a dental hygienist, Payne’s treat bags contain oral hygiene materials.
“We give out toothbrushes to the kids,” she said. “The office sponsors by donating all the toothbrushes, so kids have toothbrush, toothpaste and candies in their bags.”
As Payne recalls, “one kid got really upset, more upset for almost missing out on not getting a toothbrush last year than candies.”
Putting up decorations is a tradition that Payne and her friends enjoy by setting up different projects.
“We do not get freaked out – it is fun for all,” said Joelle Hewitt and Melodie Green, friends of Payne who assist.
“It is nice to see all the kids come through. And some of the parents are more excited than the kids,” Payne observed.
Joelle Hewitt, Dawn Payne and Melodie Green at Payne’s Halloween-themed home on Rowsell Boulevard. Props are custom made from foam core and wood by Wendi Anstey (not pictured) with her carpentry skills. Decorating begins at Payne’s house on Thanksgiving weekend with the help of her friends, and taken down the weekend after Halloween.