By Debbie Sowell

Well, leave it to Cooper-Young to show out for Halloween. As the judges were driving around to choose the Great Pumpkin Award winners, it was great to see the creativity of our neighborhood. There were moving body parts, noise makers, fog machines, and lights. There was everything from creepy, homemade tombstones to a store bought, 6-foot Casper the friendly ghost. We were impressed with homemade jack-o’-lanterns made out of milk jugs (way to recycle in CY!) as well as spooky ghouls and friendly goblins. Someone even decorated their car out front. Not sure if that car runs, but since it was decorated like the house for Halloween it can’t be a code awareness issue, right?

Ok, enough of the niceties! Although there were lots of houses to judge, a few definitely stood out of the pack. The third place award went to 1859 Oliver with its fog, moving ghosts, and homemade tombstones. Second place went to 2172 Nelson with its creative use of the house, yard, and porch. It was downright scary! And the first place winner was (drum roll, please!) 1956 Nelson. These people gave me the creeps. There were live bodies in the body bags! There was a bit of everything on this house – noises, fog, real people jumping up to scare you, and moving decapitated heads.

Along with bragging rights these three winners received yummy prizes donated by Suzanne Striker, a CY resident with a passion for baking. Great job everyone!

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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