Rutland brings back Halloween
Oct 16, 2013 / 8:11 pm
UPDATE OCT 16 8:00 PM:
Homeowner Deb Ash says the response she has received to our article has been amazing. She wrote this letter to our readers.
"We wanted to let you know that the community has been very supportive and another Halloween house in the community even came down and donated some of their decorations.
We ask that there is no sort of vigilante justice or anything - Halloween is still about having fun in the community and enjoying the sights and sounds.
We want to say thank you for the support, thank you for the donations, thank you to other houses who like to put up Halloween displays, and most of all, have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!"
A family home in Rutland will be missing that special touch this Halloween after their favourite spooky display was dismantled and stolen, right down to the extension cords.
“Over the years I have been collecting the Halloween balloons. My children spent three days this last week putting up the gravestones and everything. It’s been over a decade long project and to see it just disappear is so sad,” shared homeowner Deb Ash.
Ash who has lived in her Rutland home located at the corner of Wigglesworth and Friesen since the mid-90’s is disappointed crime seems to be going up in her neighbourhood.
“We have had a rash of robberies here, our truck and our van got broken into this summer and it's becoming an issue. I know Rutland is Rutland, and I have been here 20 years, but it is really sad, its heart wrenching.”
The three large displays were taken - the ghost with the tombstones, the big one with the trees in the middle, and their newest addition, the pumpkin with the ghosts coming out of it. The witch was recovered from the end of their yard.
The Ash family has no idea who targeted their festive display, but they are aware they will likely never see the figures again.
“To see this happen is heart wrenching, you know when you put that much time in and the kids really enjoy it so much. I have been able to always look out my kitchen window doing dishes and see little kids stopping and saying ‘Mom mom look, you got to look!’ and it’s sad it’s gone you know.”
Ash also had to explain to her 11-year-old twins that sometimes the world isn’t that nice.
“My 11-year-old son said you know mom that really ticks me off, and I had to say to him unfortunately there is a real world out there and it’s not always nice.”
Ash is hoping her message will reach other homeowners in the area and ensure other properties with festive displays will keep theirs safe, suggesting homeowners bring in their displays at night.
“I just hope it is not a string because then I won’t be the only one hit,” added Ash.
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