COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — This October, central Ohio is coming alive with front yards full of eerie decorations.
This year, NBC4 is all about celebrating the incredible hard work and creativity of our community. We are excited to feature our viewers’ photos on our website, showcasing the spooky and sometimes downright hilarious displays they have shared.
Scroll down to check out the fantastic outdoor decorations, courtesy of our viewers. And don’t forget to keep coming back, this page will be updated with new additions right up to Halloween.
2023 Halloween decoration submissions
Creepy clown house
Stephen Nickler has turned his house into a creepy circus. Nickler tells us it has been christened “CLOWN HOUSE” by the local kids. There is a working Ferris wheel and the whole yard is like a clown-themed extravaganza, complete with animatronics and inflatables. The clown figures range from one to 12 feet in height, making them hard to miss.
But it doesn’t stop there. On certain days, the yard smells like cotton candy, adding to the surreal experience. On Halloween night, they give candy, clown noses, and red balloons to the trick-or-treaters.
Westerville resident John Moore added a little bit of everything into this menacing multipurpose display, including giant skeletons, “Nightmare Before Christmas” figures and an homage to “Hocus Pocus.”
Samantha Hughes of Lancaster told us her husband Josh created this “Scarecrow Manor” to compete in the 2023 Fairfield County Trail of Scarecrows.
Over 20 scarecrows were made from recycled materials around the property. Paper mache pumpkins and a tree witch round out the decor.
Doone Hallows Boneyard
This graveyard submission from Bryan Derr is anything but bare-bones! Located in Upper Arlington, it is a spine-chilling exhibit that transforms the location into a haunting haven for Mr. Bones and his eerie extended family throughout the entire month of October, according to Derr.
‘Halloween horror mode’
“My yard is sure to scare!” wrote Nikki Laughlin about the terrifying arrangement in front of her house.
“Between a living dead cemetery with arms coming through the ground, mangled body parts, an evil floating witch, and a huge all seeing eye that watches over everything… the Laughlin Lodge is in full on Halloween horror mode!” added Laughlin.
Skeleton and pumpkin patches
This giant skeleton ‘patch’ is a popular one in Whitehall, according to Robin Kefauver. She wrote us that her household is “having a blast” with this enormous presentation.
“The community comes by and takes pictures on a daily basis!!! We love the smiles it brings!!” Kefauver shared.
‘Til death do us part
Jon and Kelley Phillips sent us a video and pictures of their spooky wedding-themed display, aptly named, “’Til death do us part.”
The couple have called Columbus home for five years and have made a tradition of creating themed displays each Halloween.
Along with the video and photos, Kelley wrote, “Our 2023 Halloween display is a wicked affair! … We hope visitors will have the time of their afterlife 🎃 👻💀”
The eerily charming wedding scene features 44 skeletons, 75 tombstones, a rotating cake topper, a buffet table, a dance floor, and a bouquet brawl, all meticulously choreographed to music.
Andrew King offered these photos of the display he supplied for Fresco Furnishings on West Fifth Avenue. He told us that he decorates the shop’s front and rear entrance, with a “pretty large display of the respective seasons.”
Three giant illuminated Skelly skeletons and a towering Jack Skellington are the focal point of Jonathan Angbrandt’s “Skellyville” front yard display. The scene also includes a large floating witch, a pumpkin and ghost inflatables, gravestones and other bony friends.
Erin Gregory shared several photos of her Halloween display with NBC4, explaining that she does a different theme every year. This year, she chose the medieval era.
Robert and Gessica Peraza are marking the 30th Anniversary of Jurassic Park in style in Canal Winchester. Their front yard is a dino-lover’s dream, with scenes that are sure to transport visitors back to that iconic world.
Susan Sharrer of Zanesville shared a fun Halloween display that comes to life. The star attractions? Singing pumpkins, dancing monsters, and silly ghosts that are designed to enchant viewers of all ages.
Sharrer noted that the musical magic begins at dusk, with the pumpkins serenading visitors with a medley of Halloween classics.
Jenn Vickers’ spooktacular Halloween creativity takes center stage as these Little Tikes toy transformations become the backdrop for bone-chilling companions to enjoy a fire pit, pick up a fare in a “Boo-Ber,” go shopping at “Skullmart,” or just play house.
Purple door decor
Tim and Michele Crandall offered up their submission for 2023. A unique display of potted mums, painted pumpkins and a wreath with a top-hatted skull set against a colorful front door.
Christine Zember sent in her family’s pirate skeleton display, showing off the daytime and nighttime looks the neighborhood enjoys.
Keith and Traci Elder are transporting Chillicothe to the medieval era. Their Halloween masterpiece features sword fighters, a king and queen, a jester and even a prisoner on “the rack.” A towering 12-foot Skelly wielding a mace tops off the dramatic display.