Kids ask: Trick or treat?

Trick or treat?

That'll be the question on many children's lips today as they don a costume and walk the neighbourhood for Halloween...

FORGET the closet — Bruce Cole's skeletons are in his front yard, beer in hand.

The two props are part of a Halloween display the Parklea resident (pictured) has organised for the past six years to raise funds for non-profit parent group Single with Children.

Mr Cole, who works in information technology, has rigged the ruby-eyed skeletons to tell supernatural jokes.

His garage is an atmospheric maze of frightening props, including skulls, coffins, bats, eerie green and violet lights and severed heads.

"It's fun planning it, putting it up and seeing the reaction of the kids," he said.

"Everybody does Christmas and I thought it'd be something a bit different.

"It started very small and before I knew it it grew bigger than Ben- Hur."

About 150 children from around the neighbourhood will queue to be frightened by the unexpected twists, turns and special effects that lurk behind Hell's Gate for a gold-coin donation.

"The kids just keep coming back — they'll try to go through three or four times.

"This year I've got a couple of new effects. I think the zombie is a good one.

"On Halloween night it's just packed here, up and down the street. The poor neighbours get their doors knocked on a lot."

Mr Cole said his sons, 19 and 22, are "a bit over it now" but that Single With Children had provided many opportunities for fun outings.

He has been a part of the group, which has about 200 adult members, for 15 of its 16 years.

Halloween is on Wednesday, October 31. Visit the display at 67 Damian Drive, Parklea. Entry is a gold-coin donation. Funds raised will support Single With Children activities.

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