BAR HARBOR — There are screams and moans coming from the late autumn woods on Lower Main Street in Bar Harbor. And all manner of spooky creatures seem to be emerging from the ground and a nearby swamp.
They aren’t real, of course – or are they?
For Sherri Alley and her husband, Tom, Halloween is one of the top holidays for sharing their fondness for decorating outdoors in a big way. Their gardens and yard, as well as the surrounding woods, bristle with tilting gravestones, ghastly ghouls arising from the grave, and shifting ghosts and spirits.
More modern mechanical installations with their eerie recorded sounds and animated movements add an extra level of fright. In all, it takes her several days each fall to get everything out of storage, anchor it in place and hook up the power when needed.
“I just love scaring people and showing off the collection I’ve built up over the years,” said Alley on a recent afternoon.
While much of the Halloween attention in Bar Harbor focuses on Ledgelawn Avenue, where nearly a thousand youngsters have been known to trick or treat in just a few hours, Alley hopes that people will take a second to head a block east from there to check out her display.
“It’s really cool. Kids love it,” she said. “Maybe they are worried it will be too scary,” she said. “We don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters.”