Hundreds of trick-or-treaters take over the Old North End


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Ghosts and ghouls, superheroes and princesses are home safe with their costumes tucked away along with the ghosts of Halloween past. Now all that remains are the decorations.

Several homes along North Tejon Street were decked out in creepy décor. The Darbys’ spooky home was quite the attraction. Hundreds of little monsters lined up in front the house all night Halloween night.

Susan and Terry Darby said they had more than 1,800 trick-or-treaters come through. It takes them a couple of days to get it all set up, but they said the looks on the kiddos’ faces when they walk up is absolutely worth it.

“Every year we add something,” said Terry. “The creatures that you see here, I built from antique floor lamps and my neighbor across the street, every time he goes to an auction, he says, ‘Oh, I got one for you for 20 bucks.’”

“In the spirit of Halloween, Doug Gardener helps us populate our monsters,” Susan said.

The Darbys said it’ll only take about a half a day to take it all down.

Now the kids are comparing who got the most treats, but for parents, all of that candy can be more like a nightmare.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests rationing candy for the days and weeks following Halloween to avoid the tummy aches and sugar comas.

Something else you can do that you might not want to let the kids know about is candy buybacks. There are several dentist offices in town that will pay for your leftover sweet treats. Lydiatt and Duru Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs is one of those. Just bring your candy in to the office. Someone will weigh it and your child will get a dollar per pound. All of that candy then goes Operation Gratitude, who sends it to troops, first responders and their families.

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