TWIN FALLS — Brent Kinsfather waits for all year for the night his house comes alive with cackling witches, jumping spiders and moaning zombies.
That's the night children dressed as ghosts, ghouls and other creatures flock to his door seeking candy and a good scare.
And because Halloween comes only once a year, Kinsfather makes sure their visit to his house is worth the trek. While many people give out candy on Halloween night, or put out a few decorations, Kinsfather is one of a handful of people in Twin Falls who turn a trip up his sidewalk to knock on the door, a journey for only the bravest of trick-or-treaters.
"It's something I think people should do more of," Kinsfather said Monday outside of his home. "You see stuff on Christmas all the time, but Halloween is a warmer time of year and it's something all kids can go out and enjoy."
Kinsfather has amassed quite a collection of creepy decor including Chucky from the "Child's Play"horror film series, who sits on a black throne flanked by two lit torches. Kinsfather goes through a half gallon of oil a night for the torches. Another Chucky stands with his face pressed against the upstairs window with Bride of Chucky by his side.
"Chucky is the epitome of evil," he said "All the kids, that's what they remember — Chucky."
Then there's "Doug," a zombie that looks like he's crawling out of the ground when you move too close to him. Nearby, a pumpkin stagecoach lights up inside to reveal a skeleton. And Kinsfather doesn't care when visitors take a closer peek or snap a picture with his decorations.
"Doug, he's had his picture with more teenage girls than anyone in this city," Kinsfather said.
Last year, Kinsfather had more than 350 children trick-or-treat his house at 1127 Blake St. N. in Twin Falls.
He's prepared for this year's crowds and fills a black plastic tub full of candy. He started decorating his house six years ago. That first year, only 10 children came to his door. But it seems the more horrifying his decorations become, the more visitors he receives. This year, Kinsfather added three witches cackling around a black cauldron. On Halloween night, he will turn on the fog machine, light Chucky's torches and fill a cauldron with dry ice to create a bubbling effect.
A few weeks before Halloween, thieves stole Kinsfather's oldest decoration, an alien named "Paul." He owned Paul for 20 years. A missing sign was tacked on a piece of fence near Kinsfather's driveway. He just wants the alien returned.
"It was the first time someone has stolen anything," Kinsfather said. "There was nothing to him, but he was mine."
But Paul's abduction hasn't deterred Kinsfather's love of turning his home into a haunted mansion of sorts Halloween night.
"I do it for everybody," he said. "I do it for the kids and it's neat and fun."
On the other side of town, Kirby and Marty Nebeker's front lawn is home to a glowing inflatable menagerie of vampires, black cats and Star Wars characters.
The Nebekers have about 45 Halloween inflatables in their front yard at 1708 Targhee Drive in Twin Falls. There is a dragon, pirate ship and some inflatables so big you can walk through them. This is the sixth year the Nebekers have filled just about every space on their grass with Halloween decorations.
"We decorate for the kids," Kirby said. "It's all for the kids."
Marty wore a scarf decorated with pumpkins and jack-o-lantern print leggings Tuesday as she talked about her family's collection of decorations. The over-sized lawn ornaments are inflated from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day in October.
The couple puts out their menagerie on Oct. 1. and it takes them two days to complete it.
"I like to point out where my husband should put things," Marty said.
It's been an investment they try to add to every year.
Large inflatables such as a giant black cat with orange glowing eyes can cost between $160 to $250. Smaller ones such as Yoda and Jaba the Hutt cost between $45 to $100. Ones that move like a vampire rising from its grave can cost as much as the big inflatables. The power to run the inflatables increases the couple's monthly electric bill by about $50.
This year, they had someone shoot at their pumpkin skulls that line the sidewalk. It was the first time vandalism like that has happened.
"We haven't had any issues in six years and this year it's an issue," Kirby said.
Over the years, Kirby has answered the door bell on Halloween night dressed like the Joker, a pirate and Darth Vader. This year, the Nebekers are dressing like an Egyptian king and queen. Marty said her favorite part is seeing all the children in creative costumes come to her door.
Last year, they had about 350 trick-or-treaters come to their house. They weren't prepared for the mass of trick-or-treaters the first year they decorated their house.
Kirby recalled making more than a few candy runs to the grocery store that night.