Residents of Annandale’s Ravensworth-Bristow community have been enjoying a neighbor’s makeshift haunted graveyard on Halloween for the past 16 years, but this will be the last year. “It’s been a lot of fun, but I’ve just gotten tired of doing it,” says Brenda Griffin of 7609 Newcastle Drive. “It takes four days to set up and two days to break down.”
“There are always kids who won’t go in,” Brenda says. “One year, a woman got so scared, she ran off, leaving her children in the graveyard.” She stores the Halloween decorations in her attic during the off season, and admits to giving her nieces and nephews a scare by asking them to bring her something from the attic.