Blog Archive for October, 2013

Halloween House Decorating Contest Winners

Categories: News | Posted: October 31, 2013 | Comments Off

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Skeletons on the porch!

Categories: Events | Posted: October 31, 2013 | Comments Off

Spooky Events in Baxter

Categories: Activities, Events | Posted: October 24, 2013 | Comments Off

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Baxter Halloween Celebration

Categories: Events | Posted: October 28, 2012 | Comments Off

Halloween Celebration October 31st, 4:30 to 6 pm at the Community Center Green

Halloween Costume Party & Games. You have the costumes and we will host a New Contest for kids (of all ages) to enter to win special prizes by age category. No registration necessary. Just bring your kids in costume between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and we’ll start judging at 5:30 p.m. After all the photo-taking and fun, we will lead a few group games before they descend into the darkness!

* Volunteers are Welcomed & Appreciated *

Before the sugar rush hits, swing by for dinner at the Community Center! Mike & the gang from Beef O’ Brady’s will be serving up their fantastic hot dogs and all the fixin’s along with a drink at our annual Halloweenie Roast. Plan to take a break from the kitchen, bring your cash for concessions, and enjoy making memories!

And don’t forget the Lamb Family Halloween Scene

 

 

 

 

 

Baxter couple goes all out for Halloween scene

Categories: Events | Posted: October 25, 2012 | Comments Off
By John Marks - jmarks@fortmilltimes.com

FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — The scariest part of Allen and LouAnn Lamb’s Halloween is how much effort and elbow grease they put into it. Otherwise, the annual sidewalk theatrical production is all in good, clean fun.

“I feel like I’m a weird Santa,” Allen said. “The neighbors tolerate us doing this.”

The Lambs moved to Baxter in 2001. He’s in sales, she in marketing. They sing. They tinker with audio/video gadgets. And each year, for just one night, they turn their 7144 Michael Scott Crossing address into part ghoul-fest, part street theater.

Past themes include Frankenstein, Beetlejuice, Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, a mummy and pirates. They won’t reveal the theme to adult nor child in advance. LouAnn handles stage makeup and candy, while Allen entertains with parody performances every 15 minutes or so.

“Phantom’s when the singing started,” LouAnn said.

Phantom included a swinging, zipline chandelier. Others brought a 17-foot pyramid, wolfman cage, two tons of sand, coffin to hold nine comfortably, even a 12-foot pirate ship complete with canon and “drunken” sailors. The Lambs plan out their displays a couple years in advance and already have gear for next year.

“Every spare minute, every glass of wine, every campfire it’s, ‘What are we going to do?’” LouAnn said.

Married 36 years with grown children, the Lambs bond over their extreme Halloween. Allen loves that he gets to be “Walt Disney for a day,” LouAnn said. It all started when their daughter wrote in a journal at school that Halloween – not Thanksgiving or Christmas – was her favorite holiday “because I get to walk in the dark with my dad.”

“The reason we do it is so that children will have a memory of where they grew up,” Allen said.

Not just a few children, either. Last year, neighbors lost count after pumping out candy for 600. The Lambs have been approached about taking their act on the road. Yet still it’s just the one night, from around dusk until time when kids probably ought to be in bed.

“The next day he tears it down, we plant pansies and it’s like it never happened,” LouAnn said.

Halloween is a collective hobby for the Lambs – and, boy, do they collect. Birthday presents often are costumes or stage props, once an outdoor fountain to run red water through a skeleton. Vacations often detour toward pawn shops and thrift stores.

There are rules. No murdering zombies, no soulless creatures. Everything must be family appropriate. Dracula can’t come out until dark. There has to be something educational – an archaeological dig sandbox with mummy, for instance – as “some sort of justification” for the festivities.

Every year is special for the Lambs, perhaps more so this year. That daughter whose journal started it all? She’ll be attending with a grandson, 1, who’ll see it for the first time.

The Lambs admit that it’s a consuming way to spend a holiday. Both take a week of vacation at Halloween. But, they say, the excitement on the made-up or masked faces of neighborhood children makes the ordeal worth it.

Plus, there’ll always be other holidays to take it easy.

“We’ll hang a wreath on the door for Christmas,” Allen said.

Don’t miss the Haunted CornField on the greenway

Categories: Activities | Posted: October 19, 2012 | Comments Off

 

Halloween Decorating Contest

Categories: Activities, Events | Posted: October 4, 2012 | Comments Off

Don’t miss out on our very first Halloween Decorating Contest. Open To Any Resident and Prizes For Top 3 Best Entries! Simply decorate your home and/or yard in a Halloween theme, and then to enter just send your address to baxteractivities@gmail.com by October 21st.

A panel of judges will drive by contest entered homes the week of October 21st, and winners will be notified by the activities director and prizes will be awarded by Halloween. We’ll also post a list of all contest entries on baxterfrontporches.com so residents can take their own tour of Baxter’s Halloween Town.

 

Octobers Scary Bulletin is out!

Categories: Activities, Events | Posted: September 27, 2012 | Comments Off

Baxter Village Halloween Celebration

Categories: Activities, Events | Posted: February 5, 2012 | Comments Off

Baxter Village celebrated Halloween with ghosts and goblins.

This we had a new Costume Contest for kids of all ages as well as the Annual Pet Parade featuring our Dr. friends at Palmetto Pet Hospital as judges. A Halloweenie Roast with Beef O’Brady’s serving up their fantastic hot dogs. And don’t forget the Lamb Family Halloween Scene!

Click here for pictures….and remember to check back for next years events