Tricks and treats at Rowsell Boule­vard

Prepa­ra­tions in place to wel­come trick-or-treaters on Hal­loween night

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY CLARENCE NGOH THE BEA­CON clarence.ngoh@gan­der­bea­con.ca

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.

CLARENCE NGOH/THE BEA­CON

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.

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