Monster hobby

Lisa Marrow said it took three days to decorate the inside and outside of her home for Halloween. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer

Ghosts hang among pots on an overhead rack, a cauldron full of candy sits atop a counter in the kitchen, a bat dangles from a light fixture, and a black cat and pumpkin decorate the microwave.

Lisa Marrow’s house in Colonial Park is decked wall-to-wall with glowing jack-o-lantern lights, smiling ghosts and welcoming witches.

“It’s my passion to decorate,” Marrow, who decorates for every holiday, said. “I love the colors, the presence of Fall, the cool air, the smells — those are probably the things that keep me doing what I do.”

Marrow plans to spend part of her Halloween at Richard Barton Pontiac-Buick-GMC handing out treats to youngsters, while others will try to impress the judges, hoping their costume or pumpkin-carving will win them a $100 prize.

This is the sixth year Richard Barton has had the pumpkin-carving contest and the third he’s had the costume contest at his Clovis dealership. He said at 6:30 p.m. Saturday their show room becomes a theater, complete with a stage for the contestants to strut their stuff on.

“It’s just one big party for the kids and the towns people so the kids will stay out of trouble and off the streets,” Barton said.

Clovis Community College will also be offering trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the college.
Although as years go by less and less children come knocking on her door, Morrow said, she’ll continue to decorate every year.

“I think it’d be sad if we’ve lost trick-or-treating,” she said.
It took her three days to decorate inside and outside her house with hundreds of items she has made and accumulated over the years.

The mantle is covered in pumpkin lights, a huge spider web hangs next to the front door above a sparkly black cat. Fall colored leaves fill the room, where a couch is draped in Halloween pillows.

“I don’t do anything scary. I think it should be fun,” she said.
Her favorite decoration, a scarecrow she built last year stuffing a burlap sack and her son’s clothes with newspapers, sits surrounded by pumpkins. There isn’t a spot in or around the house that doesn’t have a touch of Halloween.

Morrow’s children are 25, 21 and 16, but she said she continues to make the Halloween cut-out cookies her kids used to help her frost.

“I still do it because it’s a tradition and I’m going to keep it going ‘till I’m no longer around I guess,” she said.
Her children still love to come see her decorations.

“I love Halloween,” the full-time student at Clovis Community College said. “It makes me remember when mine were little and I’d take them trick-or-treating. It just gives me that warm feeling inside.”

On Halloween night — which will be on Saturday this year because Halloween falls on a school night— Morrow said she will probably dress up as a pumpkin and hand out bags of candy alongside her two dogs, one of which will be dressed as a clown.