Take in the frightening sights at Smithfield’s Halloween home

Take in the frightening sights at Smithfield’s Halloween home

Renee Coletta and Troy Hewes sit by the coach at their home on Austin Avenue. Behind them and standing throughout the yard are large hand-painted decorations of Halloween classics, including a witch, Frankenstein, ghosts and more. (Breeze photos by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SMITHFIELD – Renee Coletta and Troy Hewes decorate their Austin Avenue home every year for Halloween, but the couple pulled out all the stops to spread some ghoulish cheer this year.

Neighbors typically identify the house at 72 Austin Ave. as the one with the old coach out front. By October, it can’t be mistaken for anything other than the Halloween house.

Hung on trees in the front yard are wooden cutouts of Halloween staples, including a witch brewing a steaming green mixture, a vampire prepared to bite, a werewolf on the hunt, and ghosts ready to scare.

Hewes, owner of Ace Hardwood Flooring in Smithfield, purchased many hand-painted figures from a neighbor down the road who retired from creating the decorations more than a decade ago.

To Hewes, the purchase was a no-brainer that amped up his Halloween scene, especially when lit at night.

“The detail in the painting, the figures. I had to have them all,” he said.

Included in the set are the large letters spelling out BOO that line the driveway.

The collection partially belongs to Hewes, partially to Coletta, who said she gets something new every year.

Coletta added ghostly figurines of a haunted bride and groom, witches cloaked in white gauze, as well as wispy ghosts among the trees. The whole set-up took more than 10 hours to complete, Coletta said.

“It’s been a hard year so far. We always like to decorate, but we really wanted to do something special this year,” she said.

“We pulled out all the heavy-hitters,” Coletta added.

The display has drawn a good deal of attention from pedestrians and motorists, with plenty of honks of appreciation.

“We love watching people enjoy it. That’s why we do it,” Coletta said.

The decorations feature a fog machine on Halloween, the couple saving it for that night to avoid upsetting the Fire Department.

“It makes everything extra spooky here, really creates that eerie effect,” Coletta said.

While Halloween rules in the front of the house, Coletta said her mother decorates the porch and entryway with more fall-themed decorations, including mums and squash. This year, Coletta disturbed her mother’s decoration space with ghosts lining the porch railing.

“She’s going to have to deal,” she said.

Large wooden cutouts spelling out BOO line the driveway of the Austin Avenue Halloween House.