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Heiningers’ harrowing Halloween house

Heininger Halloween house
Alannah and Joe Heininger have decked out their front yard at Belle Eden with a toxic theme for Halloween.

Months of planning have gone into this year's Halloween display at the Heininger family’s house in Belle Eden.

With harrowing sirens, flashing lights, skeletons emerged in toxic waste and surrounded by tombstones, the Heininger Halloween set up is sure to spook.

Each year Joe and Alannah Heininger take pride in celebrating both Halloween and Christmas with their home decked out in a public display.

Joe said this year their Halloween theme was toxic waste, and it was set up and ready for community members to enjoy right up until Halloween on 31 October.

“I have quite a few American friends and I just chat to them about how they do it,” Joe said.

“Their Fall decorations, like hay bales and pumpkins come out mid-September and the spooky stuff comes in at the start of October, and we really enjoy doing it, so we have adopted that approach and decorated for the full month also.

Heininger Halloween house
Lit up at night the Heininger family’s house at Belle Eden will be a treat for trick or treaters this Halloween.

“I also have a theme and this year it’s toxic waste – it’s a decision we made a long time ago and we started purchasing our bits and pieces along the way.”

Joe said the full effect of the Heininger Halloween set up would be felt as those brave enough ventured through the front yard to knock at their door.

“This is fun, and I enjoy being crafty, all of the tombstones and toxic waste barrels I have done all by myself,” he said.

If last year’s Halloween evening is anything to go by Joe and Alannah are expecting quite a few families to come knocking this Halloween.

Heininger Halloween house
Alannah Heininger invites locals to stop by her Belle Eden home to celebrate Halloween.

“Last year we had 100 door knockers, our neighbourhood is sort of renowned for that sort of thing,” Joe said.

“It’s a great neighbourhood to come to and with social media the word gets out.”

The Heininger Halloween house can be found on Palermo Avenue, Belle Eden.

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