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Joe Garcia brings out the Page Avenue spooks for Halloween

Most graveyards are shrouded in darkness, but not the one on the east side of the 18600 block of Page Avenue in Homewood. The ghosts and goblins get special LED spotlights to bring out their bloody features.

  Joe Garcia’s Halloween display on Page Avenue takes up 
  all of his front yard.
(Photo by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

 

Most graveyards are shrouded in darkness, but not the one on the east side of the 18600 block of Page Avenue in Homewood.

  (Photo by Marilyn Thomas/
  H-F Chronicle)

The ghosts and goblins get special LED spotlights to bring out their bloody features. The gruesome figures stand tall from the last week of September through the month of October to make certain everyone remembers Halloween is on the last day of the month.

Joe Garcia has changed the front lawn at his brick bungalow into a graveyard for “at least nine years,” because he says Halloween “is so much fun!”

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  (Photo by Marilyn Thomas/
  H-F Chronicle)

Garcia is so into celebrating Halloween that he’s attended Halloween conventions to get ideas, but he is the one responsible for the yearly displays.

“I paint it, I build it. It’s all my doing,” he says proudly, but he gives special thanks to his Homewood buddy Don Arquette, who offers him assistance.

Garcia doesn’t want to give away too many of his secrets on how he decides what’s going up each year. He buys pieces or scavenges during off months to find materials that can help him create the menagerie.

Neighborhood kids come by on their bikes and look over the display asking Garcia what’s new, but he doesn’t tell. He waits for the kids to discover what he’s added to his display each week.

Garcia estimates about 1,000 people will come by to see his display during the month.

In November, he’ll pack up the graveyard props and store them away for next year.

He moves on to Christmas decorations but for him “it’s not the same as Halloween.”

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