If you want to experience the best parts of Halloween — creativity, spookiness, community and fun — stoll past the Munns’ house on an October evening.
You’ll find an homage to almost every Halloween tale in a home packed from roof to floor with clever creepiness including Chucky, Jason and a girl on a swing that reminded me of an incredibly scary movie I watched when I was way too young called Daughter of the Mind. That movie has haunted me every since.
Randy Munns started building his Halloween display as a tribute to his late father.
“He loved decorating for the Fourth of July and Halloween,” Randy said. “So, I wanted to continue the tradition. It’s something we can do for the community to give a little something back.”
Randy’s wife Cindy makes almost all of the displays and they are remarkable. You can visit during the day to get a good look at all the intricate details. Then, come back at night for a completely different look.
On weekend nights and Halloween, the display includes live actors. (It also included a live actor on Saturday afternoon when I stood there admiring the scene, turned away as an electronic display caught my eye, and then looked back to find that the Jason “Mannequin” had moved to another spot in the yard.
Broad daylight, I’m a grown woman and it still freaked me out.
Randy and Cindy had nearly 600 visitors on Halloween last year, tracked by the amount of candy they gave out that night. They expect at least that many again this year.
You can visit on that festive night, or swing past anytime between now and then. The house is located at 412 East Tallgrass in Appleton.
I’m going to let the pictures tell the story of this cool Halloween gift to the community.
I’ll be back.