I Am Local 6: 17 years of spooky on Jefferson Street

PADUCAH, KY – Thousands of kids will swarm Jefferson Street in Paducah on Halloween to trick-or-treat.

That street is known for going all out in Halloween displays.

Meet the man who helped begin this tradition about 17 years ago, Dale Perry. Warning: his display may scare some children.

His home looks like it’s right out of a nightmare. “There are so many things that move, and makes noise, and jumps out at you and flashes,” said Perry. He said some kids get pretty frightened.

For 17 years now, you can walk through and be thoroughly scared. The man behind this madness is not scared at all. “I don’t believe in ghosts and goblins and that sort of thing,” Perry said.

But he sure does love Halloween.

“Well, it started off small and then took on a life of it’s own,” said Perry. “It started off with just a few bags of candy, then my wife started decorating a little bit next year and then a little bit more.”

This neighborhood is expecting around 3,000 trick-or-treaters. Inside you can see how much candy they have ready for them.

“All the kids dress up. We have so many people out in the street that it’s kind of like a Mardi Gras or carnival,” said Perry about why he loves the tradition.

Three weeks of preparation and they are head over heels for another year of fear – I mean fun! At least you get candy at the end!

Dale said his wife will start coming up with ideas for next year by November.

You can trick-or-treat and check out his display as well as all of the others on Jefferson Street in Paducah from 5 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday. The road will be blocked off for Halloween.



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