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PHOTO FEATURE: Halloween a family affair

A spooky graveyard has taken over the front yard at 182 Waddington Drive in Kamloops.
October 15, 2013 - 9:56 AM

KAMLOOPS – Piles of headstones, limbs and ghosts litter the yard as the Wood family prepares yet another heart stopping display for Halloween, a family tradition for about a decade now.

It usually begins the end of September when bins and boxes of supplies are pulled down from the rafters to be repaired and organized. Neighbours and friends stop by to help and to get a sneak peek while Kira and Scott (Woody) work their magic.

Kira is the visionary in the family, while Woody quickly pulls the look together hanging ghosts from the rafters and attaching giant spiders to the side of the house. Their kids Declan and Evelyn are old enough now join in the fun and both have a special love for the holiday that makes their home the "spookiest house ever." While the family have used anything Halloween for their displays in previous years they have decided to start planning their design around a single theme which will allow them to go more creepy than happy this year.

As a result dozens of headstones line the yard alongside a crypt and a fresh grave. Hundreds of orange and purple lights add a creepy glow as the sun goes down and moans and cries scream out from the many demons and ghosts that make up the display.

The Wood family is not the only one to create captivating displays in Kamloops though, Ron and Louise Edward are well known for their downtown displays. The Edwards have been creating all sorts of family-friendly displays for many years at their Pine Street home and neighbourhood kids usually start coming by at the beginning of October to see how the inflatables and miniature houses will be displayed this time around.

New to the Kamloops Halloween scene is Sakred Skin and Studio on Victoria. The tattoo shop is setting up a haunted house inside the store for the second year. With three showing times planned the first will be more kid-friendly, but owner Denise Leigh says the gory details will be added afterwards to make the adult open houses more spooky.

A haunted house, interactive alien display and monster maze will once again be set up at the B.C. Wildlife Park as well. The zoo has become known for the Halloween shows, which run in the evenings for the next two weekends.

To contact a reporter for this story, email, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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