A Neighborly Dispute Over Halloween Display
BRAINTREE – We are now in the throes of October, which means that Halloween season is here, whether you like it or not. Even if you are one of those people who believes that Halloween cannot be celebrated year-round, there is no way to get around the fact that we are right smack in the heart of the spookiest time of year.
And since it is Halloween time, that also means it is time for Halloween decorations! After all, it seems like Christmas and Halloween are the only two holidays that people actually decorate for unless they're super into Easter. I'm not sure why that is, but the fact remains that, whether spooky or friendly, Halloween decorations are pretty popular, especially in New England.
Of course, depending on the levels of enthusiasm that people have for the decorations, the displays of lights, paraphernalia, and cartoonish inflatable characters can vary in terms of size. My family, for example, keeps things cool, tasteful, and mostly relegated to the interior of the home. Other families tend to go all out because of the love of the holiday. That's what's going on in Braintree.
Denise McDonough and her family live on Liberty Street in Braintree and they spent hours decking out their entire home and lawn with Halloween decor, like inflatable ghosts, strobe lights, and a moving silhouette of a witch projected on the front side of the home itself. The display is quite ornate and a lot of fun, but not every neighbor thinks so.
Beverly Darch complained to the WBZ news station that the decorations are "too much" and the lights and surround sound-boosted talking pumpkin display were keeping her family up at night, she claimed. In response, McDonough decided to add more decor to her property, because the only real leg Darch has to stand on is that the volume could be turned down. She thinks the display turned the neighborhood into an eyesore, but that is entirely subjective.
Before this turns into the plot of Deck the Halls, McDonough might want to tread carefully.