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Victoria resident decorates her home with spooky Halloween decor

By ALLISON MILES
Oct. 23, 2010 at 5:23 a.m.

Every Halloween night, Linda Mosley becomes the fourth witch in her elaborate display, which takes up most of her front yard. Mosley made the witches and some of the other decorations, which she has been putting up for about 20 years.

If you goWant to catch a glimpse of Mosley's Halloween haven? Check it out at 1102 Wolfram St.

For a list of other Victoria homes decked out for Halloween, check out the map on Page E1.

For most of the year, Linda Mosley's home, with its white exterior and fenced-in yard, doesn't draw much attention. Come October, however, all bets are off.

As trick-or-treat season approaches, the Victoria resident pulls out all the stops - as well as a slew of vampires, ghosts and goblins - to transform her yard at 1102 Wolfram St. into a Halloween haven.

The decorations have been a tradition for more than 20 years, said Mosley, 58.

"Halloween is my favorite holiday," she said, perched on a chair in the backyard. "I decorate as much as I can."

Decorations range from spiders that drop down on unsuspecting guests to skeletons with light-up eyes and other creepy, crawly decor.

The items come from a variety of places. Some are gifts, some are store finds and she makes others.

Although she couldn't pinpoint a favorite decoration, she said she is proud of three witches, each decked out in full regalia, on the side of the yard.

"That's kind of my project," she said, gesturing toward the trio.

It takes time to get the house looking just right, Mosley said, explaining she typically begins decorating Oct. 1 and continues throughout the month.

She tries to involve the neighbor children in the decorating process.

"I've been trying to teach some of the younger ones to get into it, as well," said Mosley, whose holiday-themed shirt depicted trees and bats.

And it seems to be working.

Her tiny neighbor, Angelica Espinoza, said she enjoys the scary scenery.

"Linda's yard is cool because some of the stuff talks," the 8-year-old said. "There's a trapdoor and a guy yells, 'Let me out!'"

Mosley's great-niece, 5-year-old Jaylen Hoff, isn't so sure about that one.

"At night, we're kinda scared of that 'let-me-out' kid," she said, adding the yard still makes for the perfect place to play "haunted house."

As for Jeremiah Hoff, Mosley's great-nephew, he said he likes it, too. He just couldn't pick out a favorite decoration.

"It's all cool," said Jeremiah, 8.

Mosley, who dons a witch costume each year, said she's never had trouble with decorations disappearing, with the exception of a dog that makes off with bones every once in a while.

That's partly because she warns children she'll hex them if they misbehave. The children also enjoy the decorations, another reason they leave them alone.

As for the neighbors?

"I guess they like it," Mosley said with a shrug. "They never told me they didn't."

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