BEND, OR -- For the last five years, a southwest Bend couple has dressed up their home with an elaborate Halloween display to entertain trick-or-treaters. This year is no exception. Ken Edwards says he and his wife Teresa spend months coming up with a theme, then setting the scene, "She’s the artist and she does all the detail work. I’m the general contractor, so I get to do all the prop building. We don’t have kids in the home any longer, so this is kind of our gift to the neighborhood kids."
Edwards estimates they saw around 400 kids in 2017, when they created a haunted barn in the front of the house. This year, it’s Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. "As they approach the castle, there’s lightning strikes and thunder. And then as they get closer, they come into the entryway and on the right hand side is Dr. Frankenstein’s desk with all of his books and his lab notes." He tells KBND News, "I will be dressed as the monster and occasionally will come off of the bed and will be gently scaring some of the older trick or treaters; we have to be a little careful because we have all ages that come."
He says they spend months planning their theme and execution, "My wife and I enjoy just working on it together. It gives us a hobby; gives us something to do." He adds, "Each time it gets progressively larger. This is the most elaborate. We’ve been working on it off and on through the summer." But he says it's worth it, for the kids, "They seem to enjoy it. We have children that come year after year and remember some of the themes from prior years. We have people that come from out of the neighborhood. I think the word’s out that this is the place to go and get scared."
You’ll find the spooky castle on Huckleberry Place, off Powers Road; just follow the crowd. Edwards says lightning and other special effects will best be enjoyed after dark. And, Edwards says, if you're looking for the best trick-or-treat candy, you won't find it at his house. All their Halloween budget is spent on the props, "It doesn’t leave much for fancy candy. But, kids don’t come to our house for fancy candy. They come for the show."