Halloween village display offers limited viewing
Witches fly, pumpkins glow and the Halloween vibe permeates the streets of a vast array of artificial communities Jeff and Mary Kay Saty have created in their Canby home.
Perhaps better known for the extensive Christmas season village display they put together in their home each year, the couple also do a pretty involved Halloween village display. Over the years, each display has prompted them to open their home to tours and visitors. With the pandemic restrictions in place, they can't do a full-blown open house, but they are still allowing limited groups of visitors to stop by and enjoy the spooky season.
There's a lot to see in their Halloween display.
"Our Halloween display is actually a little more active than the Christmas one," said Jeff Saty. "There are ghosts flying, some screaming, more lights. I think it's a little more fun than the Christmas set-up."
The Christmas displays came first, but Saty said that in 1998, Department 56 released its first Halloween piece, a collection the couple has been gobbling up as fast as new pieces were released.
"I have pretty much every piece they have produced for Halloween, with maybe a few exceptions," Saty said. "I probably have pretty close to the most complete collection in the United States.
"We do have some folks come through the house," he added. "We are allowing it, but trying to keep it where we have no more than 10 folks in. We want to observe the precautions that the county has set up."
In all, the display has 248 lit or animated pieces and thousands of accessories. There's a train section, a downtown vignette, a Spanish-themed Day of the Dead area, a pumpkin patch, a haunted carnival and more.
"Halloween, I think, has a lot more character to it because there's just a lot more going on (than the Christmas display)," Saty said. "The Christmas display is fun, but when people see them both, they usually feel the Halloween display is so much more interesting because of all the bells and whistles."
To schedule a time to see the Halloween display, call Saty at 503-887-9607.
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