Something wicked comes to Milwaukie
Jeff and Chris Davis once again are opening their popular Halloween yard display at their home in Milwaukie. October comes around, and things get busy at the Davis property at Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard and 43rd Avenue.
With nice weather, hundreds of people walk the property, which the family turns into the Davis Graveyard, with tombstones, a mausoleum, a hearse and an abbey facade. As one of the nation's largest and most detailed cemetery-themed yard haunts, the Davis Graveyard has won several awards, has been featured in several magazines, local newspapers and TV, and was showcased in FearNet.com's "Haunts Across America" television series.
"It's like a big movie," Chris Davis said. She and her husband, Jeff, have been turning their property into a faux graveyard full of Styrofoam elements — and not dead bodies — for 18 years, and it's getting more fun every year. About 11 years ago, the Davis duo ramped up their Halloween attraction, going gung-ho about preparing the place, doing television and media promotions, hosting the Home Haunters Video Awards, and volunteering to run the West Coast Haunters Convention.
Locally they decorate Milwaukie City Hall for Halloween, coordinate a scarecrow contest, and promote their display in local parades. They teach classes at their home on how to build Styrofoam displays.
Nine dedicated people work at the Davis Graveyard, one of the Portland area's top sites for Halloween fun in October.
"It's more creepy and spooky than gory and violent," Davis said.
Her fascination with Halloween started in her youth, when Davis' father took her to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. She rode the ride about six times, and bought the soundtrack from the attraction.
The Davis Graveyard is open from dusk to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and lights are combined with effects (sound, video, fog, animations) Fridays and Saturdays till 10 p.m. and Sundays till 11 p.m. at 8703 S.E. 43rd Ave., Milwaukie.
For more information, visit Davisgraveyard.com.