Sloane Heffernan: My creepy neighbor
Posted October 21, 2021 8:00 a.m. EDT
Updated October 28, 2021 8:00 a.m. EDT
Wake Forest, N.C. — We all have that one neighbor who, let’s admit it, is a bit creepy. For us, that neighbor is Dean Logan.
If I am being completely honest, the entire Logan family is a bit creepy, but not in the way you may think. They are super-nice and incredibly kind. So what makes them creepy? Well, it’s their obsession with all things Halloween.
In our neighborhood, they are known for having the “Halloween House." Each Halloween, the Logan family transforms their front lawn into a graveyard inspired by the Haunted Mansion at Disney World. Most of the decorations are one-of-a-kind and handmade by Dean, the dad. There are realistic headstones made out of Styrofoam, skeletons crawling out of the ground, terrifying zombies and much more. Dean even goes into the woods and cuts down long tree branches to create spooky trees in their makeshift cemetery. It takes Dean two weekends to create the incredible display.
Before Covid, the Logan family would also throw an epic Halloween party, where they would remove all of the furniture and most of the decorations on the first floor of their home and replace it with spooky decor. All of the light bulbs would be replaced with black lights, creating an eerie atmosphere. They would hot glue plastic roaches all over the bathroom walls and put red food coloring in the tub to make it look like blood. And they would always hide a skeleton or two behind the bathroom door for that little, extra jump scare.
The Logan family celebrates Halloween like most of us celebrate Christmas. Instead of Christmas classics, they gather around and watch horror movies. And there is no scary movie that is too frightening for this family. They watch them all with glee!
When Halloween finally arrives, they plug in the smoke machines, light candles and crank up the scary music. These Halloween enthusiasts welcome the crowds with hundreds of dollars worth of candy.
For the Logan family there is no trick. It is simply a treat for our community to enjoy their ghostly graveyard. I suppose there is nothing creepy about that!