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Tama Halloween tradition continues

November 8, 2015
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Mary Fasse-Shaw says its been close to 15 years since Shaw family members began a Halloween home decorating adventure. And what a display it is at the home of Realand Morden and Mary Shaw Hinkle at 1016 Siegel in Tama.

It started at Rhonda Shaw's home then was relocated and made permanent at the Siegel street address about 10 Halloween's ago. Work now begins in the third weekend of October.

"Now it takes a shift of people because everyone is so busy. Some haul the stuff over from Rhonda Shaw's shed. Others or the same folks share duties of putting lights up and putting the tombstones up. We do tend to add a few things, if not every year, every two years," Mary Fasse-Shaw told The News-Herald.

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f you missed it you probably weren’t trick or treating in Tama this Halloween. The home of Realand Morden and Mary Hinkle at 1016 Siegel has been the Shaw family’s project for many years. There’s everything from the huge silhouette of a witch projected on the north side of the house to a front yard converted to a cemetery. Scattered among the tombstones are some elaborately carved pumpkins. -Photos provided

"This is primarily a Shaw Family Affair, " she said and lists Mary Hinkle, Realand "Bub" Morden, Roger Hinkle, Rhonda Shaw, Sheryl Shaw Hedum, Steve Hedum, Joan Shaw, Richard Shaw, Teresa and Dan Vodochodsky, Jensen and Dakota Vodochodsky, and her husband Jeff Shaw along their son, Connor Fasse-Shaw and herself as members of the crew.

"There were more when we began, but attrition has taken its toll," she wrote.

Here's how the project unfolds in Mary Fasse-Shaw's words:

"At first we got it almost all done in a weekend. Now it takes a shift of people because everyone is so busy. Some haul the stuff over from Rhonda Shaw's shed. Others or the same folks share duties of putting lights up and putting the tombstones up. We do tend to add a few things, if not every year, every two years.

"The witch--the one with the shadow on the house--was new two years ago. We added pillars about 4 or five years ago.

"The plastic jugs with the glow sticks were new this year as an experiment. We liked them, but I think we are going to use more solid containers next year. Most of the tombstones are reused every year, sometimes repaired. We wait to put things out that might be pilfered or get ruined if it rains.

"We do pumpkins at Teresa and Dan Vodochodsky's home, anywhere from two days to a day before Halloween. Those two and their family are usually in charge of bringing the pumpkins in and placing them.

"More people used to dress up for Halloween when our kids were younger. Jeff is the Wolfman. It takes him around three hours to put on that make-up. He enjoys following people without saying a word. I usually am a vampire. Last year I was a zombie.

"This year, because I had my foot operation, I was in charge of counting Trick or Treaters. We had around 220. In the past we had over 300, some years. There were not as many people out this year.

"We usually take down the next day or a couple of days later and pack it away for next year."

 
 

 

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