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Alpena couple turns home into exciting holiday attraction for Halloween


ALPENA, Mich — Jessica Hatch, says she and her husband have worked for 17 years to entertain the community with their decorations and light show, and every year, they get an overwhelming response. Their home tends to be one of the major attractions in the area during this spooky time of year.

“We usually cause a mini traffic jam in the area. If you’re bringing your kids around, make sure you watch them as you’re crossing the street. I believe last year we had about 1,500 people that went throughout the whole thing.”

Jessica says there’s no shortage of preparation for the holiday in the Hatch household. The homeowners recruit close friends and family members to carve more than 100 pumpkins that will be displayed on Halloween night.

“We start five days ahead of time. Every night, we carve from five o’clock until we get exhausted, sometimes it’s two in the morning, sometimes it’s earlier.”

And the best part of the Halloween attraction is they do it just to put a smile on the faces others.

“It just feels good. We like making everyone happy. It’s a great thing for the community. Come out and see it. Whether it’s raining or snowing, we’ll be here.”

The show is free and there will be plenty of candy. A light show coordinated with nine different Halloween songs will also be in effect.