Aussie Family Spend Six Months Transforming Their Home Into Halloween Mansion
The celebration of Halloween in Australia is a bit of a mixed bag. There will be plenty of people who decry that it's an overseas tradition that has nothing to do with us and then there are others who enjoy getting into the spooky spirit.
At the end of the day, it's harmless fun that could spark joy in some people.
Well, one family has gone above and beyond to create an extra scary sight on their street as they gear up for an epic Halloween party.
According to the Daily Mail, the home owners, Mr and Mrs Strappleberry (a pseudonym they've been using) have spent the last six months getting their Gold Coast home ready for their Panic on Pandora event.
Their humble bungalow property has been transformed into a two-storey mansion that is inspired by the creepy home from Stephen King's killer clown classic IT.
Mr Strappleberry told Daily Mail Australia: "We put out a smoke machine and some cheap spider webs a few years ago and noticed how many families and children were out trick-or-treating.
"It was wonderful to see excited kids out having fun, so we decided we could do more."
More includes installing a new rustic-looking fence, a humungous fake spider crawling on the outside of the property, a goddamn mine shaft, a maze that goes around the house, boarded-up windows, broken shutters and overgrown grass.
Not a small feat at all.
Mr Strappleberry has told LADbible: "The feedback from everyone has been amazing and positive.
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"The facade was actually prefabricated in our backyard in secret over the space of a month and erected in a weekend for visual impact.
"It's already bringing the community together and inspiring imagination and excitement in the children... which is exactly what we are are about.
"We don't do it for self glory, we do it to reconnect people back together and remind them the most valuable things in life are already all around us.
They're throwing a massive Panic on Pandora event that will run on October 31 as well as two days later for people who can't trick or treat on a weeknight.
"We didn't know what to expect that first year, but we said if we did it again we would plan, plan, plan," he told the Daily Mail.
"Halloween is a 24/7 thing, ideas never stop. Planning takes maybe six months to narrow down what we wanted to create this year.
"Seeing the streets filled with children and families enjoying time together.. children genuinely excited, neighbours talking/meeting each other.. it's just an incredible atmosphere of the community coming together."
He's remained tight-lipped on how much everything has cost but insists that it's totally worth it to see everyone in his area come together and enjoy Halloween.
While Americans usually go overdrive for this sort of thing, it's awesome to see an Aussie person get stuck in on a project that brings a smile to people's faces.
Featured Image Credit: Panic On Pandora/Facebook