Glen Carbon Halloween Show options 'Spider Infestation' for its tenth 12 months – The Edwardsville Intelligencer


A Glen Carbon Halloween Show is marking a milestone this 12 months.

That is the tenth 12 months for the annual occasion at Jeff Garde’s home at 54 Oakshire Drive within the Fairfield subdivision close to Father McGivney Excessive Faculty. It features a sweet giveaway the night time earlier than Halloween, which drew greater than 300 guests final 12 months.

This 12 months’s sweet giveaway is slated for Sunday, Oct. 30.

“The show has gotten larger yearly and a bunch of our neighbors are entering into it,” Garde mentioned. “We have now much more homes out right here which might be adorned.”

The Glen Carbon Halloween Show is an outgrowth of the Garde household’s ardour for vacation ornament.

“My household was actually massive into Halloween and Christmas, and so they nonetheless are,” Garde mentioned. “My dad and mom at the moment are of their 70s, however they arrive over and assist me and nonetheless adorn their very own home.

“I grew up with the vacations being a deal and I’ve three youngsters and after they had been older and in a position to assist, that’s once we actually began going overboard. They’re 21, 18 and 14 now, so I’ve my very own crew.”

Final 12 months’s theme was “Creepy Clowns” and this 12 months will probably be “Spider Infestation.”

“Yearly it’s a bit of more difficult as a result of we’ve achieved a distinct theme for 10 years,” Garde mentioned. “All year long, we’re asking individuals what scares them and lots of them mentioned they don’t like spiders.

“We had been on the hunt in search of these gargantuan spiders and I discovered some which might be seven ft in size. I put one on the bottom and one on the roof outdoors my son’s bed room.”

The preparation for the Glen Carbon Halloween Show has turn into a extremely anticipated occasion in Garde’s subdivision.

“Round September, a bunch of the neighborhood youngsters are asking what the theme goes to be this 12 months, however we don’t say something till it goes up,” Garde mentioned. “Final 12 months was clowns and the 12 months earlier than we did the Headless Horseman.

“We’ve achieved witches and werewolves and scarecrows. It’s gotten to be a giant deal for the revealing of what the theme goes to be this 12 months.”

Garde famous that his home’s location makes it an excellent spot for giant teams of trick-or-treaters, who first go to his home after which stroll all through the neighborhood.

“You activate Bouse Street and it’s a dead-end highway with just one entrance and one exit, so that you run proper into the Fairfield subdivision,” Garde mentioned. “There are possibly about 100 homes out right here, so it’s not an enormous subdivision the place any person can get misplaced. A variety of automobiles will park close to our home after which they’ll trick-or-treat by means of your entire subdivision.”

The show, which incorporates full-size mannequins and animatronics, is lit up each night time by means of Halloween beginning at 6:30 p.m. Garde used to show the lights off at 9 p.m., however attributable to widespread demand, the lights will keep on till 10 or 10:30 p.m.

“We have now fog machines going and we purchased these Halloween domes with LED lights, and you may change the colours and switch them on and off along with your cellphone,” Garde mentioned. “That’s an enormous assist as a result of now I’m not working round plugging in 10 various things.

“We’ve had so many individuals within the neighborhood say that by the point they get off work and get house and get all the things else achieved, it’s 8:30 or 9:00. Folks wish to see the show and that’s why we’re conserving the lights on till no less than 10:00.”

On Oct. 30, the sweet giveaway will begin round 6 p.m.

“Our household will probably be on the market in full gear handing out treats,” Garde mentioned. “It doesn’t get darkish till round 6:45, however the households of the little youngsters prefer to get an early begin. Because the solar goes down, we begin getting the older youngsters.

“All three of my youngsters will probably be right here once more this 12 months,” he mentioned. “With the animatronics and so many issues plugged in, I would like all of them to assist function all the things.”




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