EAST WENATCHEE — Ron and Cindie Burgess dream of the day a child will step up to their porch, knock on their door and say, “trick or treat.” Of course that child will have to walk past cauldrons of bubbling liquid, a foggy graveyard, pirates, skeletons, and ghosts that come alive at the motion of their entry.
In the four years that the Burgess family has decorated their home for Halloween, not one visitor has entered their haunt or at least made it to their door.
Their two-story home is near the end of Northwest Fir Avenue in northern East Wenatchee. It’s a dead-end street with a vacant lot across from their house. Rare is the time when a stranger would travel past their home. But the house, with more than 20 inflatable decorations, can be seen from Northwest Empire Avenue, a block up the hillside from Fir Avenue.
The Burgess family is hopeful for their first visitor this year on Thursday night when children are prone to wander local neighborhoods in search of piles of candy. A new neighbor has moved in a couple of months ago bringing a 3-year-old boy who travels down the street to look at the Burgess home. “His grandma promised to bring him by (on Halloween),” Burgess says. And then there is a developer who has purchased the vacant lot across the street.
Burgess recently built a 160-square-foot shed to store all of the decoration.
The shed is full, but that doesn’t keep him from looking for more spooky things to add to the collection. He plans on hitting stores just before Halloween when they go on sale.