IT IS Hell-oween in Irymple this weekend as residents are invited by the Devil to board the Hell Express.
Syd Gibson plays the devil in his Irymple Halloween front yard. Picture: Louise Donges
Ten months in the making, the ghost train exhibit is the work of Syd Gibson, 67, and features a headless dummy fallen victim to a guillotine, skeletons, hundreds of spiders and ghosts.
“Every year it changes. I start in January after pulling down the Christmas decorations,” Mr Gibson said.
“One year I just thought I’ll do Halloween and that was three years ago. I was going into retirement and it gave me something to do.”
Mr Gibson said the smiles on children’s faces, including his own grandchildren, is what made all the effort worthwhile.
Hundreds of people are expected through the exhibit with an open invitation to the public to stop by and take a tour.
Mr Gibson spends months sketching and designing exhibits and features, before crafting most of the items himself.
The front yard to Mr Gibson’s Calder Highway home is littered with mock gravesites. Nearby, a witch stands stirring her cauldron and the dead lay peacefully in a coffin or half buried in dirt.
Completed with lights, fog and moving parts and dummies a scary surprise lays around every corner.
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