The Meister House Graveyard 2008

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We added a little light show to the Meister House’s Halloween display this year, and after much work, it’s nearly complete!

The show is powered by Aurora software running a D-Light ACx16 controller.

Halloween 2007 at the Meister House

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This year’s Trick or Treat event at the Meister House was our biggest yet, with over 200 kids visiting our Halloween display. Like most years, we had a steady stream of people coming for the first time only to come back later in the evening to bring friends and family back to see all we’ve setup over the last few weeks.

The streets in the area were filled with people for much of the night, resulting in our newest neighbors running out of candy, making a quick trip to buy more, then running out again all over the three hours the city officially recognizes for the night. We had an oversized bowl of candy, as well as several others around the garage area, all of which were empty by the end.

Our two biggest additions this year, Jason and Joe, went over extremely well with both the kids and adults. We joked that next year, we’re investing in high speed photo printers and digital cameras so that we can charge people to have pictures taken, much like the amusement parks do.

Halloween 2007: Two New Faces

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Halloween 2007 has come and gone at the Meister House, but while I cut up the video I took during the night, I thought I would post a little snippet with two of the latest additions to our animated figures: Jason from Friday the 13th and Joe, the self-decapitating zombie.

News-Herald: Things That Go Boo!

The Meister Mom and her indoors halloween collection (photo taken by Michael Blair /
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Ghosts and ghouls greet visitors outside the Meister House.
Click to Enlarge — Photo take by Michael Blair ([email protected])

The Meister Mom and her Halloween decorations made it into the Community section of Sunday’s News Herald newspaper in an article written by Janet Podolak:

Meister has been decorating for Halloween sinze the late 1970s — well before it became a trend.

Her specialty has become moveable characters that she invites visiting children to touch. They’re battery-operated, which keeps her electric bills modest, and they are complete with howling and blood-curdling screams.

Although some of her displays have body parts, she tries not to let things get too scary because she loves seeing the little kids in their costumes, she said.

Her little fright fest is set up so guests have to pass through a cobwebed archway first.

That way, I don’t miss any of the little ones,” she said.

Some of them are so intrigued looking at my creatures that they forget to come for candy,” Meister added. “And many of the grownups come back with their friends.”

If you’re looking for photos of our previous year setups, you can find them in our Holiday Photo Gallery, as well as our Halloween 2006 Video.

Trick or Treat in the city of Painesville will be from 6 to 8pm this Wednesday, October 31st.