Outdoor displays not just for Christmas anymore

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A wide spectrum of ghoulish and spirited figures greet visitors outside this Grimes home.

It has long been a time-honored tradition for many Americans to decorate their homes with outdoor lights and displays during the Christmas holiday season.

Now Yuletide is quickly gaining an unexpected competitor for festive expressions, as Hallowe’en panoramas are rapidly spreading in popularity.

Reports from national media say the trend began to greatly accelerate in the late 1990’s in New England and has since spread rapidly, notably in the Upper Midwest and into the Plains.

Some homes have more of an autumn or harvest-related theme and are best seen during the day, but many others have taken on the spectral ghoulishness of Hallowe’en and are clearly meant for evening visiting.

Once strictly seen as a "kids holiday" Hallowe'en has seen a rapid climb in adult involvement in the past 20 years, with a growing number of detailed outdoor panoramas part of the proof.
Once strictly seen as a “kids holiday” Hallowe’en has seen a rapid climb in adult involvement in the past 20 years, with a growing number of detailed outdoor panoramas part of the proof.

Ghosts, monsters, skeletons, vampires, skulls, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins and are sorts of sundry figures and items are on display in many homes this October, and ThePerryNews.com cameras had little trouble in discovering many such scenes in Perry, Woodward and also Grimes.

First up is video of a home we were tipped off about while at Perry’s playoff volleyball game with DC-G in Grimes Monday, with a wide variety of Perry and Woodward homes shown in the slideshow that follows. Enjoy!

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