Halloween at Henryville
by Carolyn Kaberline
Halloween—it’s the time for ghosts, ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night. All those ghostly creations plus plenty of tombstones and crosses bearing the letters R.I.P. and other symbols of the season can be found at Henryville, located north of Williamstown off Highway 59.
Created by Jerry Henry of Perry and Janice Riley of Valley Falls, the display offers plenty of items to herald in the year’s spookiest season as well as an area to entertain guests.
There’s a campfire for cookouts and fun parties along with picnic tables decorated in the colors and symbols of Halloween. Nearby stands the Grim Reaper seemingly guarding a working outhouse, complete with mannequin inside. That mannequin has caused a lot of double takes from visitors—even those who know the life-size figure is there.
Other Halloween creations include an assortment of ghoulish cutouts lining a wooden fence near the campfire. There are hay bales accented with pumpkins of all sizes to add to the atmosphere while Dracula’s casket and graveyard are also featured attractions.
While the two and a half acres that make up Henryville have been decorated for the Halloween, Christmas and Easter seasons for the last several years, Henry and Riley make sure that there are a few new items each year.
“This year we’ve added some new ghosts and the skeletons,” Henry said, as Riley also notes the new “Grandma and Grandpa” figures near the driveway.
While the small ghosts seem to float slightly above the ground, the skeletons appear to be breaking free of the earth. Grandma and Grandpa seem to be in the perfect location to welcome visitors and oversee the grounds.
“The idea for the skeletons came from a magazine,” Henry said. “The rest came from the imagination.”
In addition to the Halloween creations, the whole area is lighted by colored lights that go with the season: currently orange lights are featured, and many of the ghoulish figures also light up or offer Halloween greetings. Tiki torches are often added to provide more light for parties and family gatherings.
While Henry admits he only planned to add a few pieces of yard art to his property when he began making the cutouts about seven years ago, the project has seemed to keep growing ever since.
“Next year we hope to add a witch’s kettle,” Riley said.
In the meantime, though, there will be plenty of ghostly creations to highlight this year’s Halloween season.
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