Retired art teacher Bev Smith is back with one of the most anticipated Halloween displays in Clearwater. This year the lawns have eight blow-ups, nearly 200 panels and 8,000 lights, said Bev.
The 83-year-old, along with her husband Ken, have been putting up artistic creations at her place for over 25 years.
“We do it every year and each year we keep adding more,” she said, adding, she paints panels each Halloween and Christmas.
Bev has created haunted trees, panels which have faces inside, life-size scarecrows with human clothing and funny-looking painted faces on them. Caricatures are a huge part of her artworks, she says, adding, “some humour for the kids.”
Ken, a retired teacher who taught technology, math and science, creates programs with lights to coordinate with songs to add to the display.
With five disabilities, Bev says this is her therapy and healing. She also says this is her way of giving back to the community since she mostly cannot attend event and meetings because of her health.
The community has been very supportive with encouragements from children and parents. Her former art students come by and say hello on the occasion too.
During summer, Bev puts up a special display and tourists from Germany, Belgium, Holland among other nations come by to see it.
“It’s free of charge and it is just about adding joy. The people love it and laugh and enjoy seeing all the cartoon characters on display,” she says.
This year, Bev and Ken will have the display ready for viewing on Halloween eve.( Oct.30) and all are welcome to attend.