From the view from their kitchen looking out on the front yard, Charles and Sharon Holcomb watched as a Hall County Sheriff’s patrol car cruised slowly past their house last fall. The married couple nervously wondered if the deputy’s next move would be to knock on their front door, telling them to move the tractor from their front yard.
As it turns out, the deputy was admiring not only the tractor in their East Hall County yard, but the items on and surrounding the tractor. The Holcombs had created a farm-inspired Halloween scene.
“Our neighbors told us he liked it and was driving by to look at it,” Charles Holcomb said while standing in his kitchen, recounting the memory.
The couple’s Halloween scene outside of their home has been a 10-year tradition on Cedar Hill Drive. It is filled with three faux farmers with one sitting on a bench while the other two are driving a tractor and a lawn mower. Surrounding a young tree in the center of the front yard hangs a scarecrow with handful of jack-o’-lanterns surrounding laying on a sprinkling of hay.
In another portion of the yard, a variety of tombstones and skulls dot the landscape with a skull fence encompassing the area. And then, of course, a sign stating “Happy Halloween” greets visitors walking up the driveway near the garage.
The entire outdoor display took the Holcombs a couple of days to set it up. It has been in full view for a couple of weeks, Charles Holcomb said.
The task of the Halloween display kick starts the couple’s holiday-decorating season. In fact, Sharon Holcomb adorns their home inside with pumpkins and witches while Charles begins his outdoor scene.
But this year, the pair almost decided to forgo the decorating.
“I wasn’t into it this year, but I don’t know how many Halloweens he has left,” Sharon said, nodding toward her 85-year-old husband.
However, she is the one of the reasons he puts his old General Motors coveralls on foam robber and tops it with a dough face from the store filled with marbles to create an old-looking farmer atop a tractor and a lawn mower.
“She pushes me into doing things,” he said as he points to his 66-year-old wife and smiles.
“I do not,” she said quickly. “Well, not really.”
Charles Holcomb, however, admits he enjoys creating a fun Halloween scene for himself as well as the neighborhood children.
“I like my holidays as long as I can do it,” the Georgia native said. “And as the kids come up (to the house), you see how they do. It’s funny to see how the kids react.”
The children clad in costume do not appear to be the only ones enjoying the Halloween sight.
“Last year, even the parents got into it,” Charles Holcomb said, explaining the adults were snapping photos of their children with Holcombs’ fake farmers. “It was fun to watch.”
But this is just the beginning for the pair, who have been married for 16 years. Both are looking forward to the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving (Charles’ favorite holiday) and Christmas (Sharon’s favorite).
“After Halloween, I have to put up this up before Thanksgiving and then bring down the Christmas stuff,” Charles Holcomb said.