Our Haunted Mansion

Halloween is an interesting time and something my wife has made an event in our household since I can remember. She always has had the house that was laced with horror themed items ranging from the standard skeleton to full animatronic characters. Since the kids were small, dinner she aptly named “Spooky Supper” was served on Halloween night consisting of green mac and cheese, bloody hot dogs fingers, food colored drinks and more. The kids really got into it.

Not much has changed since then, although last year no decorations adorned our home landscape. Time had gotten the better of us and the prior year, a rain out occurred ruining much of our display. This year however, my wife Jennifer Vecchio and our neighbor Christine Lachapelle-Miller, made up for last year’s non display ten fold.

Since we live in a single family (converted to a duplex) and share the main wall, every fall season we head to Phantom Farms for our annual porch cornstalk retrieval and installation. Unbeknownst to myself and Christine's husband Bill, we were in for much more than that. Apparently the two wives had gotten together and discussed how they would bamboozle us into a full day of porch and yard decorating for the October festivities.

Several hours later, the four of us had begun to transform the front porch of our 1890 Victorian known as “The Carpenter Mansion” into a horrific Halloween scene. The days after that fateful Sunday where we laid the foundation, Jen and Christine continued to add to the display utilizing animatronics, lighting, spider webs, fishing line and so on until they were satisfied with their collective visions.

As a result of these efforts, both our families would like to invite anyone in the area to come and see the display through the month of October. If you don’t feel safe to do your normal trick or treating on Halloween night, drive on over to 97 Cottage Street in Pawtucket to take some pictures, get some candy from the Pawtucket Fire fighters and walk among some of the displays we have created to celebrate the season. Special thank you to the Pawtucket Fire Department and Mayor Grebian for their assistance and support.

We wish all of you a happy and safe month of October and hope to see you on our porch soon….(with masks of course).

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