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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witch. The night of the haunting, John was a crazy woodsman who guided more than 100 neigh- bors through the yard in groups. "Our reward for all our hard work was the reaction of the kids after they walked through the event," says Lane. "We were so happy to see such a big turnout. Everyone had such a great experience." For five out of the past six years, Jim Thames, father of two girls, ages eleven and eight, has haunted the backyard of his Poet's Corner home. "Jim has been passionate about Halloween ever since he was little," his wife, Patricia, says. It can take anywhere from a week to three weeks to set up the backyard and Jim recruits a handful of volunteers to help out, including his family. Burlap netting creates an element of surprise, and creepy music (such as John Williams' theme song from the movie Jaws) establishes the right atmosphere. Jim runs the haunted backyard during the Halloween season on a weekend night, so kids can stay out later than usual, and the event attracts 100 to 250 people. Jim says that between the vivid memories of playing hide-and-go-seek with his grand- mother and the haunted house one of his neighbors used to have when he was growing up in Florida, he promised himself that he would try to share similar experiences with kids when he grew up. "Our girls are particu- larly proud of themselves when they scare teenagers that come through the haunted house," says Jim. "It makes them feel like they've accomplished something." And they have — lasting memories. 56 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 P A T T Y B O V I E

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