Sioux Falls homeowners are getting into the spirit of Halloween this year
Some outdoor displays include jumbo inflatable of dragons, ghosts and pumpkins. A few have skulls sticking out of the ground from make-shift graves. Others have 12-foot skeletons out front and jumping spiders meant to give kids and adults a scare (much like the one this reporter fell victim to).
So take a look through the gallery and the map to see which houses you might want to visit with your kids this most haunted of weeks. Below we highlight four houses that went all out with their decorations. For those thinking about starting to decorate their houses for the Halloween season, homeowners suggest starting small and building the collection over many years.
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Find creatures from dragons to spooky trees at 49th Street and Birchwood Avenue
The parents of three boys, Dana Boraas, 40, and her husband Thomas Andrew Simmons, 55, love Halloween. Both have theatre backgrounds and have loved the holiday since before they got together.
At their house on the corner of 49th Street and Birchwood, you’ll find inflatable dragons and creepy trees, set up over a weekend. Skeletons hang from the banisters of their house and by the fence. One of the skeletons has been put to work mowing the lawn.
“That lawn mower is not working very well right now, and I went, ‘Well I’ve got an extra skeleton, let’s put him to work,’” Simmons, a manager for One Eyed Jacks Saloon in Sturgis, said.
The couple decorated their home over the past eight years. When they moved into their current house three years ago, they could do even more decorations with the extra space as well as the corner of the street.
“We keep growing more and more every year,” Boraas, an attorney for Lutheran Social Services, said, adding that the couple likes to hunt around for decorations on sale after Halloween. “We have all these skeletons in our closet literally.”
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Find traditional spooky Halloween decorations at 49th Street and Otanka Pass
Jeremy Jansen is a traditional fun spooky Halloween decorator. His house, situated on the corner of 49th Street and Otanka Pass, not only had electronic ghosts dancing on the side of the house, but also Jack and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
“I decorate my house for Halloween just so the community can enjoy it and have something spiritual and joyful to look at,” Jansen, 28, said.
The tax accountant for Raven lives by himself and sets up the lights, skeletons and inflatables within a weekend.
“It definitely makes for a lot of fun conversations with your neighbors and people passing by,” he said. “I know a lot of people like it and makes it a lot more fun.
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See 12-foot skeletons in the display at 1012 North Prairie Avenue
Heather and Tiffany Hirschfield went on a quest to find the three 12-foot skeletons in their front yard.
“We had to drive all the way to Omaha to get the one last year,” Tiffany, 29, said.
The sisters ordered the other two in July from Home Depot because they had a tip off about a 12-foot skeleton being there from a group online.
It takes the sisters, who both work in healthcare, two weekends and extra time during the week to set up the giant spider webs, skeleton doctors, graveyard and jump scares that decorate their house and front yard. The trick-or-treaters have grown used to trying to find the scares, so the Hirschfields have moved them around to keep the kids guessing.
Over the past 12 years the sisters have built their decoration armory.
“It’s a little more better every year as we buy more and more stuff,” Heather, 38, said.
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See giant inflatable Halloween decorations at 1816 South Fourth Avenue
Jeff Sweetman never grew up and knows what the kids like when they come for trick-or-treating. The semi-retired lighting professional loves to see the kids’ faces when they visit his and his wife’s house on Fourth Avenue across from Terrace Park. There’s an inflatable skeleton and jack-o’lanterns hanging from the roof.
He estimates they get about 1,500 trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
“With no Halloween last year, it should be rocking,” the 70-year-old said.