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Homeowners get houses ready for Halloween

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While many people are busy getting the last pieces of their costume ready to go for Thursday night, other homeowners are making sure their houses are trick-or-treat ready.

Over the past few years large, outdoor Halloween displays and huge blow up decorations have become more and more popular. 

"Came out really strong over the last five years or so, and they're really getting more sophisticated. It used to be just a blow up pump or what have you, now they're really getting more sophisticated in what they're doing," said Dave Hoffmann, the owner of Party City in Sioux Falls.

As homeowners add new decorations to their Halloween collection through the years, outdoor displays are getting bigger and bigger. 

"Halloween is real important to us, this house was purchased in 1948 by my grandmother and we started trick or treating in this house when my brother was two," said Sioux Falls homeowner Jean Barber.

Over the past 60 years of decorating for Halloween, the Barber's decorations now take up an entire storage trailer. 

"We know we're kind of over the top and extreme but you know, Halloween lights, pumpkins, we think it's great. We go around looking for houses ourselves," said Jean Barber. 

That's often where they come up with ideas for next year's big creation.

"We build a lot of it. We use our imagination from tomato cages to an old wagon wheel. We look at things a little differently," said Jean Barber. 

"The ship started with an old trampoline that the net was bad and it's just the framework of that. You just piece it together and try to figure out one piece at a time," said Ken Barber, the creator of many unique Halloween decorations.

While Halloween is definitely a personal hobby, the Barber's say all of their decorations are meant to make trick-or-treating even more special for kids in the neighborhood. 

"We want everyone to come and celebrate with us and enjoy Halloween for what it is. It's a kids holiday with grown ups who are too old to trick or treat anymore," said Jean Barber.

That's why the Barber's extravagant Halloween display doesn't have a lot of blood or gore; they want kids of all ages to be able to enjoy trick-or-treating at their home. Families have done just that for generations. People who once brought their children to the Barber's home are now bringing their grand kids to trick-or-treat at what the neighborhood calls "the Halloween House."

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