I didn’t realize some years ago when I made our Halloween pumpkin Batman’s head that I was taking on a new hobby and an annual tradition. Lincoln’s head followed, and then over the next years, the Joker, Spiderman, a Ghost and others. Making "Toy Story’s" Woody required a full body, beginning a new stage of my creations.
SpongeBob SquarePants showed up the following year. After him, I regretted the decomposition of my figures and switched to using artificial pumpkins so they could be saved. SpongeBob was converted and became the first of permanent figures that followed.
The gang now includes: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy, Bob the Minion, The Hulk (new this year, replacing one that died in the rain two years ago), Superman and my version of The Great Pumpkin. All are displayed on our front porch except for Superman who flies above our driveway.
You are invited to visit them and do take pictures. They live at 1988 Sperry’s Forge Trail in Westlake. It’s always easy to find our house this time of the year. Happy Halloween.
Mel Maurer lives in Westlake.