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This grim figure may be spotted at the west end of Third Street in Morse Bluff, a part of the Halloween distapy put up by Kathy Jensen

Spooky season ghouls haunt Bluff

by Nathan Arneal
Published 10/26/22

If you’re driving along the top road in Morse Bluff and see someone in the woods wearing a mask with a big knife, it’s not a serial killer.
I mean, probably not. You can never really be 100% sure.

It could be one of the 20 or so Halloween characters constructed by Kathy Jensen and placed around her house and adjacent woods near the corner of Third and Victoria streets.

Some of the figures represent classic horror characters like Pennywise the clown from It or Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. Some are just creepy randos. The figures dot her yard and porch and are scattered in the woods that ascend the bluff south of the house, woods that would be pretty creepy without any help. Strobe lights flash and a recording of spooky sounds emanates from somewhere.

“I really like Halloween,” Jensen said, if you were still wondering. “I’ve never been this extravagant. It’s just kind of happened over the years. The older my kids got, the more Halloween costumes I got to repurpose in the yard.”

Some of the costumes and props used in the display date back 20 years. Scaring each other has always been a pastime in the family.

Instead of a Christmas themed Elf on the Shelf, the Jensens do a Doll in the Hall that moves around the house. You might see its hand sticking out from behind the shower curtain while using the bathroom. You might wake up with it under the covers with you.

“I’ve had a lot of fun with that,” Jensen said.

The lawn display started to grow when they moved into their current house in Morse Bluff before last Halloween. She struck a deal with boyfriend Dylan Kirschenmann, who loves his fireworks.

“He’s Fourth of July, and I’m Halloween,” Jensen said. “So he has a budget for Fourth of July, which gave me a budget for Halloween.”

Kirschenmann also set some time restrictions this year: no Halloween decorations until October 1.

All the figures decorating the landscape has led to more pranks.


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