Town Line Cemetery A Visual Treat Without The Tricks On Halloween
What do you do when you've spent over a decade making and collecting cool Halloween decorations, to the point you've amassed a collection of almost 400 of them?
Well, if you're Mike and Iris Wood, you set them all up in your yard, and share them with your community, of course. And that's how the couple came up with the idea for the Town Line Cemetery, a Halloween lawn display to rival all others.
Located at 2114 State Route 46, right on the town line of Dedham and Bucksport (hence the name, Town Line), Iris says this is a display that has a little bit of everything! For years, she used to get or make decorations for her husband Mike's band, Midnight Rose, to use during their Halloween gigs. Apparently the collection grew to be so big, that they enlisted the help of family and friends to set them up in the yard, and the idea took off from there.
Through the years, they've developed different themes and put many of the displays under little shelters, so they wouldn't be damaged by the elements. Its a process they start working on in August, and it takes several days to put up and take down the different pieces. Iris says there are so many things for people to look at! There's a clown tent and a party tent. There are witches and goblins and vampires, woodland creatures and zombies. New this year is a swamp creature display! She says she likes that its become a family affair, and makes sure visitors know that this is not a place where folks will jump out and scare you, just a neat place to tour, for both young and old.
While they put a donation jar each year, Wood says its mainly so people don't leave money around, because that's what spectators had started doing. She says they mainly do it to offer a not-so-scary Halloween experience to people. And while folks have come from near and far to see the Wood's displays, they've even had people get married amidst the displays. She said one couple even had handmade his-and-hers coffins built for the occasion. This is a look-but-don't touch display, says Wood, and none of the displays move, so there shouldn't be anything too scary for those who come to visit.
The Town Line Cemetery display will be open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Today and Halloween. For more information, check out their Facebook page here.