No tricks, just treats at Halloween house
CHESTERTOWN — Each year Sarah Ann Smith and her husband do a rather spectacular Halloween display in their yard on Fairview Drive in Chester Harbor. This Halloween was no different as the Smiths’ yard came alive to the “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Smith said, “It’s not a typical display and most all of the stuff that goes in the yard I have built, created, painted, etcetera, by hand along with my husband.”
The Smiths have two sheds of items that go into their yard for Halloween night along with lighting.
“It’s a pretty big hit with people and I have people from places as far as Delaware that come on Halloween night just to see what we do,” said Smith.
“The one thing that is the most motivating for us,” said Smith, “is the people and especially the children who love what I do each year. I have a following that can’t wait to see what I do each year and the joy, laughter and response I get from the young ones is the best feeling ever.”
Giving out candy and seeing the enthusiastic response to her craft makes it all worthwhile, Smith said.
On Halloween night, this past Monday, Oct. 31, Smith and her husband both took the day off to begin preparing for the evening’s festivities and get into costume and makeup.
Smith said, “We don’t know how much longer we will do this as we are getting older. I may have to hire young help as it is quite an effort.”
An effort it is, as each year the Smith’s transform themselves and their yard into a different theme to greet trick-or-treaters. The design is created and hand crafted and painted by Smith and they have been carrying on this tradition for 11 years now.
Past years themes have included the Wizard of Oz, Addams Family, the Munsters and Alice in Wonderland to name a few.
For Halloween 2016, the Smiths created scenes inspired by the “Nightmare Before Christmas,” and Smith painted an 8x8 backdrop and multiple other props from the movie to go out in their driveway on Halloween. Smith plans to rearrange some of her props and add Christmas lights this year to spread the magic out through the Christmas season.
A long time resident of Queen Anne’s County and Queen Anne’s County High School graduate, Smith has worked in Kent County at Washington College for 26 years. She has been the Neighborhood Watch Director of Chester Harbor for about 13 years and received a citizen award from Gov, Martin O’Malley for her efforts with the watch program.
Toward Christmas residents can catch an encore of the Smith’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” at 211 Fairview Drive in Chestertown.
Sally and Jack, from the “Nightmare Before Christmas,” visit trickor-treaters at the Smiths for their annual Halloween display.
From a previous year’s Halloween, a flying monkey from the “Wizard of Oz” visits the Smiths’ yard.
Sara Smith portrays the Queen of Hearts, a character from “Alice in Wonderland.”
“Zero night” is a scene portrayed at the Smiths’ 2016 Halloween display.
The “Nightmare Before Christmas” backdrop painted by Sara Smith for her annual Halloween yard display.