Ghoulish sights, haunts, and horrors across town

Oct 21, 2020

As the nights have grown longer and the leaves on the trees turn, haunting displays have popped up on yards and in windows across town. 

Leering skeletons, friendly pumpkins, and even spiders that move (eek!) now occupy greet passersby.

At 5 Crab Cove Terrace, horror movie references abound in hand-made decorations that share the yard with spooky inflatables, a projected movie, and even a skeleton wedding.

Stephanie Lindeman White created the display with her husband, Glenn White; son, Shane Jenson; and the neighbors, Christine and Jeremy Carew. 

The display will lit up from 5 to 9 p.m. every night until Halloween (depending on the weather). And after the holiday, White said she plans to get right to work on her Christmas display. 

White got into big displays for Christmas when her son was about 9 because she wanted to make Christmas magical for her son and the neighborhood kids. 

After that tradition took off, she was inspired to bring the magic to Halloween as well.

“I love haunted houses,” White said. “But don’t get me wrong, I do love horror movies.”
There are a number of horror movie references hidden throughout the yard. Visitors should keep their eyes peeled for Chucky, Bates, Georgie (from IT), and Jason. 

White is collecting donations of cat and dog toys for the Potter League for Animals in Middletown, RI. Donations can be placed in a tupperware bin next to the trailer.

Deborah Resendes of 26 Kingwood Street said this is the first time she and her husband Michael have done a really big Halloween display. 

“We did it for the kids,” Resendes said. “With covid going on, we wanted them to be able to enjoy a little bit of normalcy.”

Resendes’ favorite part of the yard is One-Eyed Willy, a skeleton pirate piloting a ship. There are a number of skeletons throughout the yard, including two warming their bones by a campfire and another digging a grave.

On Halloween, Resendes said she will have a candy chute -- a long tube that she can drop candy into for kids to catch on the other end from a safe social distance.