No tricks, just treats at Hal­loween house

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­

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.

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