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After a pandemic year off, the Davis Graveyard is back -- but only as a spectacular 'look in from outside' attraction

DAVID F. ASHTON - At twilight - when its a getting a little spooky - a family arrives to admire the spooky tableau set up in the Davis Graveyard. In October of last year, those driving along S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard, in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood, were disappointed not to see the fully decked-out Hallowe'en spectacular at the corner of 43rd Avenue, known as the "Davis Graveyard".

"It's true; we didn't set it up here at our home last year," confirmed the "Mistress of the Graveyard", Chris Davis. "Instead, at the last minute, when we found we could not set up here [due to the pandemic], we helped people set up a 'drive-through haunt' on the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby – so, at least our 'decorations' were out and about.

DAVID F. ASHTON - As darkness falls, the true creepiness of the Davis Graveyard appears."But now, in our 24th year, it's back at our home. The difference this year is that we won't be doing any public events, such as having the dance team come make an appearance, or closing off the street."

However, those who stopped by for a stroll outside their fence still enjoyed the "graveyard". And they saw some new things, in addition to the 75 tombstones in the yard – six statues, and one massive statue; three larger features, and a giant crypt.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Again, masters of their own haunt, Chris and Jeff Davis admire their handiwork as they stand in famous Halloween display theyve created in their yard along Johnson Creek Boulevard. "On the weekends, we have six 'projection ghosts' running around our 150-foot-wide front yard, as well as some other special effects," she said.

One delight for Chris, and her partner in spookiness – her husband Jeff – is reading and responding to "Comment Cards" filled out and left by visitors. "We get about 1,000 cards a year throughout the month of October; and to everyone who leaves their mailing address, we send a commemorative postcard after the season is over."

DAVID F. ASHTON - There are new attractions this year to be found in the Davis Graveyard. The other pleasure of the season for the couple is the benefit they host for "Our House", a project of the Cascade Aids Project. "This fundraiser is an adults-only outdoor event; the only time this year we'll let people on the property." That took place on the evening of October 23.

If you didn't experience the Graveyard in person this year, watch a brief BEE video, made on the outside of the Graveyard, looking in – youtu.be/xPDtyD-khvs


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