Norfolk family shares plan for safely celebrating Halloween

Posted at 3:20 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 17:46:10-04

NORFOLK, Va.— Leann Capra is nuts about Halloween - that much is clear from her squirrel costume.

“You know how you have stockings at Christmas? We have graves at Halloween. That’s how we are,” is how she explained the tombstones with her husband and children’s names in the front yard.

Fortunately, everyone in the Capra family is still in good health, and they’ve prepared for a very spooky season.

“We’re not done. We still have a couple of things to put out,” said Capra.

A 12-ft. skeleton looming of the ghoully-looking pumpkins, cornstalk and fake fence covered with large spiders is just the tip of the iceberg for this family.

After hunkering down most of the year, Capra is finally ready to let loose for one of her favorite nostalgic holidays.

“I’m just going to do it big like I always do, and now it’s here so I’m excited.”

But the scariest house on the block doesn’t want Halloween to be a fright for the wrong reasons.

They put a lot of thought into the decorations, but even more creativity into the safety.

“I thought in the beginning [Halloween] was not going to happen. And I thought about it, I got upset about it - you know, it’s my thing - so after a while I’m just like, 'Screw this.'”

She says she wasn’t going to let her favorite holiday slip away, so she decided to scrap the candy bowl for a candy chute to slide the treats safely.

She purchased a gutter from a hardware store to keep trick-or-treaters a safe distance away.

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The plan is to stay outside and use gloves to shoot the candy down the gutter. Nobody will need to ring a doorbell or grab candy that’s been touched by other trick-or-treaters.

For a creative kid at heart, a little extra work is surely going to pay off in a big way.