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Fairbanks family features freaky fiends in this festive finale to the Halloween season

Bones Malloy the scourge of Halloween
Bones Malloy the scourge of Halloween(Ryan Osborne)
Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 4:12 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Hidden away in an unsuspecting neighborhood in Fairbanks, a veritable monster mashup of Halloween haunts and horrors awaits passers by.

Send shivers down your spine
Send shivers down your spine(Jeremiah Howe)

Assembled by Fairbanks residents Melissa Richardson and John Thies, this gruesome gaggle of grizzly ghouls and ghastly ghosts is the result of many years collecting Halloween decorations.

“We love Halloween, we love to decorate. We’ve been doing this for about eight years now. The neighborhood loves it. We’re getting known for it around town," said Richardson.

“It started as a handful and then it’s just grown every year. Every year she adds more boxes for us to put together to put out in the yard,” said Thies.

This elaborate undead spread features, lights, sounds, and moving visual effects.

“It probably takes us a couple hours to bring it all and out set it up, but it’s been years of just building it up. When we first started our first year we got about 5 trick-or-treaters, and I was so disappointed... and now they’re coming from across town," said Richardson.

Each year brings a new favorite fiend to the fray.

“It’s probably him this year, the 12 foot skeleton, gotta love him," said Richardson, referring to Bones Malloy.

The Skeleton Brothers
The Skeleton Brothers(Jeremiah Howe)

Thies chimed in “Yeah, the new one that’s twice as tall as me.”

While not always the fastest bunch, the walking dead of this monstrous menagerie show no signs of slowing down according to Richardson. “We’re gonna keep adding. I actually just ordered a double headed zombie for next year. Never ending. There’ll always be more.”

While unending, the zombie hoards do have a particular weakness...

“Most of these zombies should move or have different noises or different functions, but due to the freezing cold most of them die. We have to keep changing batteries, bringing 'em in, letting 'em thaw out... but for the most part a lot of them don’t do what they should do because of the winter,” said Thies.

With the mystery of why zombie movies are never set in Fairbanks finally laid to rest, the remaining decorations patiently wait for the day they were made for. Happy Halloween!

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