Essex family’s house transformed for Halloween with a huge scary spider

An Essex family has transformed their front garden with spooky decorations including a four-metre long spider and candy slide.

Halloween will certainly be different this year, but the global pandemic hasn’t stopped Kerri Ireson and Terry Richards from decorating their Harold Hill home for Halloween.

For the past four years they’ve been recycling products to create hand-made decorations to add to their ever-growing collection.

Kerri, a 32-year-old who works for the London Ambulance Service, booked this weekend off work so that she could enjoy the display with her three children and local community.

The garden is covered in spider webs and gravestones

Kerri said: “I’m not really too keen on Christmas, we have decorations but not as eccentric as Halloween ones.

“We were devastated when we saw the police warning because we thought we weren’t gonna be able to celebrate Halloween this year.

“But, then we checked the rules the display end of it isn’t band and as long as we social distance then it’s okay.

“Terry does the construction side of things and I do the arty side, the kids love getting involved too, it just gets bigger and bigger each year, and this year it’s something a bit positive during the pandemic.

“This year Terry really wanted to do a giant spider so it was like, go big or go home.”

The four-metre spider

The spider takes up most of the front garden

The four-metre wide spider, made from recycled materials, took around two weeks to construct and cost around £120.

Kerri said: “We tried to stick to a budget and anything we can get for free and make use of we will.

“Someone was advertising piping on Facebook and that’s what we used for the legs, the head is made of packaging and expanding foam and its eyes are Christmas baubles.

“All the gravestones are made with insulation foam sheets, they’re my favourite to make and the paint only cost use £1 from poundland.”

The two-metre candy slide

Trick or Treaters will need to ring the bell on the end of the candy slide

Each year their display attracts crowds and the family say they usually run out of sweets to give to Trick or Treaters.

To enable Trick or Treaters to safely collect sweets Kerri and Terry made a two-metre long candy slide.

The idea behind it being that children can collect sweets from a safe distance, complying with social-distancing guidelines.

Kerri said: “If parents are happy to get a sweet they can come get a sweet, all our sweets are brand new and individually wrapped and we will be wearing gloves.

“On the end of the candy slide there is a little bell, they press that bell and we will leave our front door open where Terry will sit with a camping chair and tip the sweets down the slide.”

A wooden pallet has been transformed using some caution banners and skeleton hands

Another new addition to their display this year is a fog machine, which along with a speaker playing spooky music will only add to the atmosphere.

Kerri is already thinking of what they will do for the display next year.

She said: “Our front garden is quite small so next year we might expand onto the green outside our house and make a mini graveyard.

“We also want to make giant flies or a person to get stuck in the spiders web.”

Where and when can you see their spooky display?

At night the fog machine will add to the atmosphere

Kerri plans to start the lights, fog machine and music when the sun sets this evening.

If you and your support bubble wish to see Kerri and Terry’s spooky display their home is located on Woodbridge Close, Harold Hill, RM3 9UR.

Essex Live