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Tucson family brings 'spooky town' to life inside their home

Posted at 6:55 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 09:55:34-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Before living in their current home, John Taylor and his wife lived in a town home where they said there wasn't a lot of holiday decorating happening.

"We always went overboard and they really enjoyed it and that's pretty much how we got started and then it's just gotten out of control since," said Taylor.

Despite living in a different neighborhood now, Taylor says he and his wife still go above and beyond for their Halloween display.

Taylor has been decorating for more than 20 years and sometime during those two decades he came across a 'Lemax Spooky Town' decorations and fell in love with them.

Taylor said he purchased piece by piece, usually after the Halloween season was over, and started putting them all together.

Two decades later, his collection of 'spooky town' figurines has grown to be so big its taken over the dining room.

"We pretty much lose our house for a couple of months," said Taylor.

Taylor added putting the display together always takes at least a few days to put all together, but for him it's all for fun.

"It's a hobby, we love seeing the kids and their costumes," said Taylor.

Even though Taylor buys many of the 'spooky town' figurines, many of the parts are handmade or refurbished by Taylor himself.

When it's time to put the display away, Taylor said just as much work goes into packing it in as it did to bring it out.

"I've got 14 boxes that I bought to store all of this stuff away," he said.

The work, however, all worth it to see smiling, fascinated children on Halloween

"We have a number of the same kids come every year and they quickly notice what's next, what's been moved, they have it down, " He said.

Taylor added anyone is welcome to check out his display on Halloween night, all he asks is children come accompanied by a parent.

He lives on Oak Park and Palm Tree, his home is just as decorated on the outsude as it is on the inside, so it shouldn't be hard to find.