Halloween season is officially upon us, and for most people that means pumpkins and trick-or-treating, warm blankets and scary movies.
But for one Victoria family, October 1st means it’s time to break out the inflatables!
In 2001, Monica and Michael Miller bought the property at 2311 Lansdowne Road and ever since, they’ve been growing their festive Halloween, Christmas, and Canada Day decorations collection bit by bit.
Today they’ve got one of the most vibrant, varied, and extravagant Halloween displays in all of Victoria.
“Ours is extremely kid-friendly. There’s nothing gory or too scary and parents bring their toddlers and young children to see it all the time,” Monica Miller tells Victoria Buzz.
“It’s so much work to do it for just a few days, so we keep it up from October 1st to November 1st.”
With the ever-increasing number of components to their elaborate set-up, the Millers have recently had to hire assistants to help them lift and assemble various parts.
Although no estimate was provided, the costs of decorations, maintenance, helpers, and not to mention the Hydro bill for October are probably astronomical. But Miller says it’s all worth it for one reason.
“It’s our treat to the community and nothing makes us happier than doing this,” she says.
“There’s so much ugliness in the world. If we can put a smile on someone’s face, I’m super happy.”
When the Millers first started decorating their home back in 2001, they used to get 10-20 trick-or-treaters per year.
Last year, they received over 250 little visitors on Halloween, who went home with either candy or one of an assortment of non-sugary treats for those with allergies or food sensitivity issues.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, Victoria Buzz photographer Colin Smith has compiled a few incredible shots of the place.
Check out these photos of the house: