BAXTER -- Walking up a long, narrow driveway in the dark you follow the lighted pumpkins, the blinking eyeballs and dancing ghosts before you stumble upon a "Beware" sign attached to a screaming skeleton.
You slow down, walk farther and then jump with fright.
"Oh my goodness," you gasp to yourself. You realize it is only a witch head laughing at you next to two RIP gravestones.
All of a sudden a big gush of fog appears from the bottom of the house by the mini-cemetery. A white-haired old man is buried alive and you can only see his head, hands and feet. Alongside the man is a witch brewing her magic potion screaming at you through the flames from her pot.
You are almost at the door and a sign reads, "Enter if you dare" and "Next exit 15 miles."
You enter the stairway while a screaming tree troll greets you. You continue past the lighted pumpkins, you turn your head and are startled by two blinking owl eyes on the door window and the ghost howling in the wind.
Finally, you reach the entrance and knock on the door. As the door creeps open you get ready to yell "trick or treat." However your legs begin to shake uncontrollably after seeing what's at the door.
It's Medusa, the snake-haired lady.
This Sunday, Medusa will be played by Betty Harrison of Baxter . Harrison and her husband, Scott Harrison, who live on Memorywood Drive, love Halloween. Each year their home becomes a spooky grave eyard with spiders, witches and ghosts.
Scott Harrison said they began decorating when they moved into their home about 10 years ago. He said the decorating started out small and each year they collected more creepy Halloween items.
"We do it mostly for the kids," said Harrison. "It's fun to see their eyes as big as pies. We have a big pumpkin and the two neighborhood kids can see it from their bedrooms."
The neighborhood kids, J.J. Raboin, 7, and his 6-year-old sister, Lilly, visit the Harrison home often to see what new Halloween tricks will be displayed, including a bat with a nine-foot wing span.
It took Harrison two days to put up the display. The lights in the display are on a timer. The display uses 36 AA batteries for all the screaming witches and dancing ghosts.
Harrison said Halloween has always been a big deal for his family and his wife's family and they want to keep the tradition alive.
"This is one holiday tradition that I fear will be lost," said Harrison because of the fear for children's safety. "But for the most part people are good."
Harrison will be dressed in costume Sunday and will sit somewhere on the property. He may be hard to find because he will blend with the other Halloween spooks.
Betty Harrison, or Medusa, will be handing out treats.
You get your trick or treats and are happy with all the Halloween scares the Harrisons created. You say thank you and skip back down the driveway thinking you are safe. But are you?
All of a sudden you panic. A werewolf. And not just any werewolf -- a werewolf that is running toward you. There are lights flashing everywhere and you can't see. Your first instinct is to run. Run as fast as you can.
You run to the end of the dark driveway panting and sweating. You stop to look behind you and you cannot see the werewolf. Where did it go? You chuckle in between breaths, realizing it was fake.
Then you pause and say to yourself, "Or was it? You didn't see it on your way up the driveway."
Have a safe and fun Happy Halloween.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER, staff writer, can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5851.
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