Preston Estates neighborhood decorates for Halloween
For one Frenship neighborhood, too much might never be enough.
Too many Halloween decorations, that is. And residents say the spookiness and celebration at the end of October are a wonderful part of the season.
Nottingham Avenue and Westminster Avenue, both in the northeast corner of Wolfforth, have several homes well decorated for the fall season.
Heather Walden, who has lights in front of her two-story home on Westminster Avenue, said because she was born in the fall she probably has a particular affinity for Halloween. White and orange lights line the walkway and hang from a tree while four jack-o’-lanterns and more pumpkins great visitors on her front porch.
“Halloween is the greatest,” she said, adding she also loves fog, thunderstorms and everything mysterious in life.
“What is there around the corner? What’s hidden in the night?” Walden asked. Those sorts of questions drive her, she said, and Halloween celebrates spooky unknowns.
“I really wish Halloween would happen more than once a year,” she said.
Just one block over in the 1500 block of Nottingham Avenue, Becky Burns laments that she doesn’t have all of her decorations out more than a week before the holiday. Lighted skeletons line the walkway to the house and a black skeleton hangs from the front door.
“This is nothing,” she said. “I’ve got lots of stuff to put out still.”
Burns and her family moved from Utah in January, so she said many of her Halloween decorations are still in storage. She loves them all and even has special names for them, including one she dubbed Marcus the Carcass, who is at rest on the ground near the garden.
She even has stories about some of her decorations.
When her family was living in Utah, they were awakened one night by police, who had several bawling teens in their custody outside. The teens returned a goofy, round witch they had stolen back to the Burns family. It made the trip back to Wolfforth and now twists in the wind as it hangs from a small tree in the front yard.
Burns said she decorates for her children, adding it is “fun for the kids.”
Each night, the children race to turn on the lights, she said.
Another family on her block, the Alfaros, said decorating is a “family effort,” although Kandi Alfaro said Eric Alfaro is the Halloween decorator, while she is more interested in Christmas decor.
The couple has lights and decorations around the porch, but have also gone all out on the inside of their home, lining high shelves and the area above the television with graveyard gates, tombstones, pumpkins and a head in a jar. Eric Alfaro said his son is known around the neighborhood as “Grass Man” for dressing up as a sniper who lays in wait on the lawn, then waves as children leave with treats.
The Alfaros took a different approach to trick-or-treating last year, decorating their front room as a graveyard and leaving the door open. As hesitant children approached the open door, the Alfaros shut it, then quickly reopened it.
The Alfaros said it is important to them that children enjoy the traditions they enjoyed when they were young.
“It seems like they’re doing a lot more of the fall festivals instead of trick-or-treating,” Kandi Alfaro said.
“We just want the kids to have fun,” Eric Alfaro said.
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