Jennifer Chavez knows Halloween isn’t for everyone, but it’s her favorite holiday.
“Not everybody gets Halloween, so it can be kind of embarrassing, but I love it,” she said.
Chavez begins decorating the interior of her house in the Woodberry subdivision on Orange Blossom Trail in July. She sets up a ceramic village that spans seven tables and fills one room.
Chavez also sets up a haunted house in the family’s garage.
“We have always done a haunted house. This year’s them is ‘IT’ and Pennywise,” she said. “Last year, we divided the garage into three sections – scary, not scary and really scary.”
This year’s haunted house is in a U-shape, where kids will enter one side and exit the other.
“If they want to go through it, they get a full-sized candy bar, and if not, they get a snack-sized,” she said. “If I didn’t make a kid cry, then I did not succeed.”
Outside, Chavez said there’s a spider the size of a car, a graveyard, skeletons and more.
“We just have fun with it,” she said.
Chavez said she has 60 storage totes for Halloween and only 12 for Christmas.