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Saturday, September 30, 2023
Sept. 30, 2023

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Halloween display on Franklin Street gains international recognition

The Columbian

NORTHWEST — The annual Halloween display at 4616 N.W. Franklin St., has been a community favorite for decades. Last October, the Vancouver family’s yard display gained international attention on TV Azteca, one of the most popular television networks in Mexico with leading coverage in South America, Mexico and the U.S. with audiences throughout all of Latin America.

“Last year over 10,000 trick-or-treaters visited Franklin Street, so that inspired us to go bigger and scarier than in past years,” said homeowner Jim Mains. He and his wife, Cecilia, are now known internationally for their frightful decor and creepy creations. “We spent the summer investing in more animatronics, projectors and much larger props to really make an impact as you drive or walk by our home. We want kids of all ages to have lasting memories when they visit our display.”

Mains has been decorating his family’s home for more than 37 years, and his display is eagerly anticipated every year. The display, which boasts its own website and social media presence, offers many new additions this year.

The display now stretches over four properties and includes multiple 12-foot skeletons, 12-foot inferno pumpkin monsters, 12-foot witch and werewolf, a Gondola, boarded up windows, brewing cauldrons, skeletons climbing a 25-foot flag pole and many other new additions.

“Waste Connections helps us by providing some of the candy for the last five years,” said Mains, “this year we welcome Beaches restaurant who has joined the fun. On Halloween night between 5-9 p.m. they will be giving away a $100 gift card to every 1000 trick or treater all evening long.”

The display can be seen from 6-9 p.m. nightly through Oct. 30, with 7:30 p.m. visits by Jack Skellington on Saturdays. It will be open for viewing and trick-or-treating from 5-9 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.