SCARE FACTOR: Blake Brown, 5, and Isabella, 3, get excited about Halloween with their mum Alyce Shields.
SCARE FACTOR: Blake Brown, 5, and Isabella, 3, get excited about Halloween with their mum Alyce Shields. Luka Kauzlaric

Shields family gets into spirit of Halloween

THE Shields family's love for Halloween is no skeleton in the cupboard.

Their home could leave you scared stiff as Halloween creeps in.

With a spider wall, a hanging mummy, a shaking skeleton and eyeball and pumpkin lights, their front yard is a veritable scare-fest.

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Alyce Shields said it was the first year the family of six had participated in Halloween because they had recently moved to a home which was more central to Gladstone.

"Everyone's getting excited for it and it gives the kids something to do and look forward to," she said.

"I don't see what the reason is why we shouldn't (celebrate it).

"If the kids are interested and it gets their imaginations going, I think it's a great idea."

They have already begun to collect lollies - they have everything from eyeballs to fingers.

Homes in their neighbourhood have been encouraged to leave their front light on or hang a balloon on their letterbox to indicate if they want to participate.

Ms Shields said they would go for an early trick or treat, before handing out lollies to other revellers.

The Shields' home is at 18 Boonderee Pl.

HALLOWEEN FACTS:

  • Celebrated on October 31.
  • Traditional activities are trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties and visiting haunted houses.
  • The activities are popular in the United States, some parts of Europe, Canada, Ireland and Australia.


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