Two weeks ago you may remember I was over in Lambertville, the sister city to New Hope, on the House Tour. I decided to take pictures of a certain house I share every year and has become tradition on the blog here. Both of these towns are quite charming , but when it comes to Halloween, it's hard to beat the enthusiasm these two towns have, when it comes to decorating, and dressing up on Halloween itself. The Dogs Mother would be in her glory I tell ya!
But nobody walks past the 100 block of North Union Street this time of year without pausing, and usually stopping. For some time."The Halloween House," as it has become known, has a display of stylized hand-crafted figures that are dreamy, macabre and compelling enough to halt people in their tracks. People come far and wide just to see it. This year, I had ran into the lady who creates these creatures, and is she ever charming.Dolores Dragan told me she started creating the annual display of blacklight figures in 1998 when she was still teaching art at the Lambertville School. She continues to add a new one each year. Strangely life-like, she says many of the mythical creatures are based on the essence of people she knows. Mrs. Dragan says she decided after teaching her new role would be that of a "memory maker" She also said she thinks of it as donating memories every single year to children who come by here. She also gave me this link to a professionally-produced video. Some of the backstory of how she started this. Amazing.
I wonder what her little dog thinks of all this peeking out the window?