NJ man’s sweet Halloween surprise impresses trick-or-treaters
CRANFORD — Robert Schott's Springfield Avenue home almost looks good enough to eat, especially for fans of candy corn.
The longtime township resident's home appears to be overflowing with a giant, colorful crop of candy corn. The corner home's entire lawn is dotted with nearly 100 mylar candy corn balloons. To add to the illusion, his windows are all covered with posters that make the house appear to be filled with the Halloween treat. His company, WOWindow Posters, made the posted, which are hung in windows and appear to glow when the lights inside the home are turned on.
The display, which Schott spent nearly six hours setting up late one evening last week, is a hit among trick-or-treaters. As the costumed kids came to the door Monday, Schott, while speaking with New Jersey 101.5, asked them what they thought of the decorations.
"I like it," one young neighbor said, while another chimed in, enthusiastically declaring the display, "pretty cool."
Schott said he put together a similarly sweet display about six years again and decided to repeat it this year, instead of the normally spooky set-ups his neighbors are accustomed to.
"I thought I'd bring it back to life again," he said. "I'm kinda goofy so it fits my personality."
This isn't Schott's first time going all out to put together a holiday display. He's been decorating for Halloween and Christmas and for almost 20 years, and his intricate snow sculptures have brought holiday spirit to his neighborhood.
Ever since the display was set up, Schott said people have stopped him to show their appreciation for the whimsical decorations. He's even started receiving fan mail. One couple sent him a letter Monday thanking him and saying he's put together "another clever holiday display. You make Halloween fun for so many," the note stated.
The candy corn theme wasn't limited to Schott's house, however. As children came to his door seeking Halloween goodies, the 27-year Cranford resident greeted them dressed in candy corn colors and doling out buckets filled with the chewy treats.
"The reactions are fantastic," Schott said. "I wanted to do something over the top and people just love it."
Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.
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