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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Decorated to thrill

 

October 24, 2019

Bethany Helwig

A couple of skeletons relax in their bikinis.

At this time of year, it's common to see houses and lawns decorated with carved pumpkins, gravestones, fake spider webs, and all manner of Halloween decorations. There are casual homeowners with one of two props and enthusiasts dedicated to the craft with lavish setups. Then there's a very special house that catches the eye by going one step further on Main Street in Barnum because of its unique premise. There decorations galore, including various skeletons, a witch stuck upside down in a pot, eerie lights at night, and a rusted out 1960 Chevy Impala that acts as a centerpiece, but the real treat is that the scene changes every day.

Using props and rearranging the skeletons like spooky actors, the Scooby-Doo gang, Ghost Busters, and even Cruella de Vil have appeared on the lawn. Passerby may have noticed the Impala getting a car wash by the skeletons with a fake skunk out front or the skeletons sitting around while eating giant ice cream cones.

The fun began last year when Amanda Agurkis was challenged by her older brother to make changes to her decorations every day. Amanda refers to it as "The 31 Days of Halloween." After how it went the first time around, she decided to do it again this year, much to the delight of those who enjoy the creative scenes.

The rusty Impala that serves as the centerpiece this year was provided by Amanda's husband who needed the vehicle for parts but encouraged her to use it as part of the decorations.

Bethany Helwig

A drive-in theater playing Halloween, featuring villain Michael Myers by the screen.

However, creating such fun layouts isn't possible without the time and effort put in by Amanda.

"Each setup starts at 5 a.m. but some scenes require staging the night before," said Amanda. "I use a lot of cardboard to create accessories so I don't have a lot of extra cost involved. I use the local thrift stores to create costumes, which is very fun."

She gets some help from a friend's son who has helped create and paint some props for the setups. A number of suggestions for scenes are made by the community through messages on Facebook.

"It's so exciting and rewarding to see the community look forward to this little gesture during the month of October."

Be sure to have a look during the month of October if passing through Barnum. The masquerading skeletons and their various getups are sure to entertain!

 

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