Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Enter Donna and Allen Haggard’s yard at your own risk on All Hallow’s Eve this year. When it comes to neighborhood Halloween parties, these two North Chattanooga residents go all out.
The Haggards host the annual Linden Hall Road neighborhood Halloween party, with typically more than 50 guests, said Donna Haggard. For the past 26 years, she and her husband have decked out their home with floating ghouls, eerie graveyards, jumping spiders and wicked witches for the enjoyment of their friends and neighbors.
“It’s so much fun; everybody comes in a costume and the kids run and play,” she said in regards to the party.
At every turn, a new scene pops into view, beginning at the Headless Horseman’s pumpkin patch, past the blinking eyeballs in the hedges and the witches casting spells, and into the haunted graveyard, complete with “Pirate Fred who lost his head” resting in his casket.
“I am a Halloween fanatic,” laughed Donna Haggard. “It takes over two weeks to decorate, and I have probably over $5,000 in decorations. You have to see it to believe it.”
The spooky fun continues through an archway of vampire bats and tarantulas. According to the invitations sent out to guests, if they’re lucky enough to live through that, they can enjoy the warmth of a bonfire and refreshments from “Dracula’s Pub,” a tiki bar built by Allen Haggard.
After the Halloween festivities are done, Donna Haggard said she will already be preparing her yard for the next big holiday — Christmas.