The 10 skeletons on bicycles already stop traffic. And they’re only half the Halloween decorations outside the Brandywine Hundred home of Heather and Susan Albright Goldring.
The couple moved to Veale and Silverside roads in 2017, and the Halloween decorating started (relatively) small, with some witches around a cauldron.
Then in 2018, they bought an old bike for $1 at an auction, and a trend began. Friends and strangers have added to the bike collection.
Last year they bought skeletons, arranged them on bikes and placed them racing across their front yard. “This year is a funeral procession for 2020,” Heather said. “See ya.”
The bicycling skeletons are joined by a hearse driven by a skeleton with a skeleton occupant. Another skeleton is mowing the lawn; one more is dressed for roller skating; and the two on the roof are “escaping from the house,” Susan said. “They’re allergic to cats.” Seven live inside.
The bicyclists are mostly wearing hats, appropriate for that somber rite, but only one has a wig. “The last thing I want to do is hair,” said Susan, a stylist at Currie Hair Skin & Nails in Glen Mills.
The 16 skeletons are joined by 19 spiders (one has spun a web in a traffic alert sign) and four displays that make sounds (the hearse, a pumpkin, a scarecrow and a harmonica player).
Multiple tableaux fill the side yard, including a cemetery with a freshly dug grave, a casket labeled “RIP 2020 be forever gone” and 12 heads (“clients from the past,” Susan said) along a picket fence.
Wheelchairs and walkers, mementos of caring for their parents, now hold ghoulish occupants.
Halloween items also line the front porch. All the décor is protected by security systems.
More items adorn every room inside, but it’s “not as crazy as usual” because they’re not hosting their annual sip and dip for colleagues at Currie, where Heather works in the office. It’ll be a drive-by.
“We say we’re done decorating,” Heather said, “but then we find something else.”
Halloween is their biggest decorating holiday, but they also enjoy Christmas. Susan favors the “classy” look, while Heather said she would like to have “skeletons with Santa hats.”
In the weeks preceding Halloween, they get a stream of visitors, and they’ll “absolutely” have candy out for trick-or-treaters on the big night. In return, “The only thing we ask is that you spay and neuter your cats,” Susan said. “Or give a couple of dollars to a group that cares for animals.”