Halloween fun at residents' homes

Marianne Gillespie
Skulls mark the entrance to the Rock home, which hosts the Trail of Terror each year for Halloween.

Tucked away in the Chillicothe area are pockets of special Halloween fun for children as they trick or treat Halloween night.

In town, the Shane family casts a designing spell over their front yard at 1115 N. Fifth St., changing it to a graveyard, full of headstones and a few surprises as children walk up the sidewalk, through the fence and pillars they created.

Large trees add a coverage of leaves to the yard, making rustles in the wind, and be sure you watch out for the clown with the glowing eyes.

Characters make the rustling at Rock home, located at 723 W. Bennett Court in Dunlap, just off Hickory Grove Road.

Before there was the Trail of Terror at Spider Hill, Jeff and Julie Rock hosted their own "Trail of Terror" to encourage trick-or-treaters to visit their doorstep.

Their home, which is in the section of Dunlap within the Illinois Valley Central District 321 boundaries, has a long driveway of about 500 feet, perfect for a scary trail to entice trick-or-treaters.

"Creatures" make the decorated trail come alive as older children make their way to the door for candy.

Visit these homes Halloween night to see for yourself their handiwork and see the Nov. 3 issue of the Chillicothe Times-Bulletin for how these families decorate for Halloween -- if you dare!