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Mad scientist? Trick-or-treaters are his guinea pigs

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Each year, Halloween is a massive operation at Dean Karlan’s house, drawing in members of his family, particularly his 13-year-old daughter, Maya.

Maya’s enthusiasm for Halloween knows few bounds. She makes her own costumes: a castle with a working drawbridge, a full-color traffic light with a flashlight inside to switch signals. She’s been known to spend the whole year thinking about her next get-up.

“Normally I plan my Halloween costumes the day after Halloween,” Maya said.…

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