WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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frights right here at home. Weston High School and Bates Elementary School in Wellesley both have haunted houses that are built and run by their stu- dents and parents who emerge from caskets, become floating heads, and act as grim reapers. Many locals get in on the spookiness as well, with fog machines, hanging skeletons, howling ghosts, mock graveyards, and giant spiders crawling on oversized webs. They also haunt their garages and their yards. Lane and Jill Murphy, parents of two boys, ages seven and five, created their own "Terror in the Yard," complete with live zombie kids who walk out of open graves, a screaming witch on a zip line, four smoke machines, and a mad scientist lab. Just for fun, of course. "When I was young I used to love putting on haunted houses for the families in my neighborhood," Lane says. "I created 'Terror in the Yard' to share this Halloween fun with my boys, who fell in love with the holiday years before dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating." It took Lane and his neighbor, John Hines, four days to hang the zip line for the Wellesley Witch 30 feet up in a tree and test various steel wires, cables, and pulleys before they perfected the motion of the 54 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 The Halloween Season P H O T O S B Y J I L L M U R P H Y ( T O P L E F T ) , D A R R E N B O V I E ( T O P R I G H T ) , A N D I A N B U L L ( B O T T O M )

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