Howard and Jama Moore have been going all out to decorate for Halloween at their house in the Emerald Pointe subdivision for 15 years, adding a little bit more each year.
This past Halloween they covered their entire front lawn with decorations, including her pickup truck and his Harley-Davidson trike motorcycle this year. She had a hand and arm coming out of the hood of her pickup and they had a skeleton riding his trike.
Their house is so popular in the neighborhood that even kids who have moved away come back just to trick-or-treat and see what’s new. “I don’t recognize them at first once they’re grown,” Jama Moore said. “I’ve seen them grow from small kids to now they’re driving cars.”
The Moores started decorating to honor her father, who used to like to decorate when she was growing up. He died in 2011, but they have kept up the tradition. “He said, ‘I may not be able to leave you millions of dollars, but I can leave you good memories,’ ” Jama Moore said. “I want to do that for other kids.”
Their two sons are grown now, and the Moores now have five grandchildren from 15 months old to 10 years old who stop by on Halloween.
Last Halloween they counted 200 trick-or-treaters, all the way up to 10 p.m. “We stock up on the candy so that we don’t run out,” Jama Moore said, “and hopefully we can get all of them.”
Also new this year was a fire pit with a collection of skeletons sitting around it. Jama Moore said she looks for what’s on sale at The Home Depot, Party City and Spirit Halloween so they can keep adding decorations without spending too much.
A staple of their decorations is what they call “the cave,” a small shed in the center of the front lawn. They mark a pathway to the cave with police tape, and if kids are brave enough to get to it, Howard Moore is there to give them a full-size candy bar.
This year, Howard Moore took off from his job as a salesman at John Hiester Chevrolet in Fuquay-Varina to get ready on Halloween. “It’s fun, and the kids really like it,” Howard Moore said.
Jama Moore is a “stay at home grandma” who babysits her grandchildren about every other day.
The Moores are Christians, and they know there are some of their faith who don’t agree with celebrating Halloween. “I also believe in one day a year to let the kids have a good time,” Jama Moore said. “It’s for them. Once a year, let these kids have a little bit of fun, have a little scare.”
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