CHURCH HILL — Make a wrong turn any given night in Church Hill and you're liable to find yourself on a dead-end street, lost in a nightmare of fog and strobe lights, and surrounded by the most horrifying creatures of all time.
Fortunately, Scooby Doo and his friends are there as well, so there is some hope of getting out safely.
When Steve Allison and his family moved to the end of the cul-de-sac on White Tail Road in Church Hill in 2007, they set out a few life-size creatures for Halloween, including a headless horseman and a witch that flew into the light pole.
At the time, he and his wife had five kids at home who were big fans of Halloween, and every year their collection of monsters grew. Although there's now only one child still at home, the life-size monster population continues to grow.
"I built that (witch), and I built the headless horseman," Allison said. "There were like three figures the first year, and each year I just put more and more figures out."
He estimates that it's now up to 30-something.
"I don't know. We'll have to count."
Allison added, "I was just enjoying kids and Halloween. At least to my kids, Halloween was just about as much fun as Christmas. 'Dad, let's do Halloween stuff.' "
This year's additions include Scooby Doo and his friends, with a real SUV transformed into a "Mystery Machine."
Next to the Mystery Machine are Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, as well as some witches with human bones scattered around their cauldron.
Among the cul-de-sac's celebrity residents are Jack, Sally and Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas; Michael Jackson with a pumpkin head; Chucky and Bride of Chucky; Children of the Corn; Michael Meyers, Freddie and Jason; and the new Ghostbusters.
And, of course, there are many of the old favorites, including Frankenstein, Dracula, flying ghouls, a group of random zombies and a gentleman who resembles Dr. Jekyll's alter ego, Mr. Hyde.
Every Halloween day, Allison reveals a new addition. He said you'll have to stop by his cul-de-sac that night to find out who it is.
"I don't do stuff to scare kids," he said. "I just want them to enjoy it. At night I run 25 strobe lights, and on Halloween I'll put out six fog machines, so it pretty much fills the cul-de-sac with fog. I go through about eight gallons of fog fluid."
He added, "Each year the number of trick-or-treaters has increased because more and more people hear about it and drive through. I can't say we get a huge number because we're kind of off the beaten path. The houses are quite a ways apart. You've got to work for it."