Ghoulfriends add ‘life’ to Halloween at the Meades’

Mike Still • Oct 30, 2019 at 9:00 PM

BIG STONE GAP — 224 Clinton Ave. is Big Stone Gap’s version of 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Ked and Miranda Meade take their Halloween home décor as seriously as did that famous television family the Munsters, as the couple enter their tenth year of making their home a must-see spot for nighttime motorists and pedestrians in their neighborhood.

“When we lived at the end of town 10 years ago, we started decorating our yard,” Ked said as a couple of cars stopped and passengers rolled down the windows to get a better look.

The Meades moved to Clinton Avenue in 2013, after Halloween, and resumed their annual October ritual in 2014. Since then, their front yard has grown in popularity.

“Since we moved here, we’ve gone from 30 trick-or-treaters the first year to 1,000 last year,” Miranda said.

“The candy bill is more than our power bill,” Ked added.

Ked said their Halloween themed-yard has become one of the stops that the town’s Visitors Center staff recommends for folks to enjoy each year.

“The city works with us and helps out a bit,” Miranda said. “This year, we put up a hearse thanks to some friends who worked on the Haunted Forest at Mountain Empire Community College.”

The hearse is led by a skeletal horse and guided by a matching coachman. Skeletons can be seen climbing the Meades’ front porch columns and onto the widow’s walk.

Ghouls wander around the tombstones planted around the house, and the undead crawl from a few graves. Green and blue lighting adds to the atmosphere, and even spectral kids get into the spirit, with some riding antique perambulators around the house.

“When we get things going on Halloween night, it takes about an hour to get the sound effects and projectors going,” Ked said.

Miranda said they enjoy the attention and the traffic, and she said they hope to turn the spectacle into something that can help the community in the future by starting to collect donations or food for the local food bank.

“The one thing that gets me is when we call for a pizza and think the delivery person is at the door,” Miranda said with a laugh, “but it’s someone knocking to tell us how they like our yard.”

Trick-or-treating in Big Stone Gap will run from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The Visitors Center on Wood Avenue will give out candy, and children can also go to Trunk-or-Treat at Bullitt Park, where a haunted house and hay rides will go from 5-8 p.m.

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