|10/31/2019 8:58:00 AM|
Highland family goes all out decorating for Halloween
Asking for donations to the Iowa County Food Panty
|The Brogleys call their light display “Halloween in Highland” located at 418 Dodgeville Street.|
Orange, green, and purple lights dance across your vision as you take in the magnificent display of lights, inflatables, and decorations displayed at 418 Dodgeville Street in Highland. Most people go all out with bedecking their lawns and houses for Christmas, but Kevin and Emily Brogley pull out all the stops for Halloween.
"I'm crazy about Halloween - always have been," said Kevin. "I have a fun time with the lights." And there are many lighting up their house - over 165 sets of lights to be exact, 30 more than last year. The Brogleys affectionately call their display "Halloween in Highland" and has been going on since 2014. Over the past five years, many things have changed.
"We started small and added more and more; we even expanded into our neighbors' yard, which is my parents' house," smiled Emily. "We had to expand and use some of their power as we had a lot of electrical blowups." In fact, Emily and Kevin are so dedicated to their display that they had some work done to their house by an electrician who helped update their electricity and add an extra control panel just to be able to power enough lights.
This year especially has brought about a specific and important change: a donation box will be left out on the Brogleys driveway asking for non-perishable donations to the Iowa County Food Pantry. "A lot of people want to donate money to us, but that's not the goal of this. We just want to spread joy. Adding the food donation is something easy and good to do for people and will benefit the local communities," Emily explained. So far, the donation box has been successful as several donations have been dropped off.
Other changes include the addition of an extra tunnel, seven new inflatables, and more lights. "We're always moving decorations around each year to tell the story that we want and to make it look different than before," Kevin said. This year has been one of the easier years for setup as there were no blowups; however, there were some weather issues due to the large amount of rain and how cold it has been.
In the off-season after Halloween is over, Kevin and Emily are on the hunt for bargains on decorations as items need to be replaced due to wear and tear or to create a new scene. The five-year plan for the display includes potentially adding another tunnel and having a walk-through area in the backyard.
"Everyone that we've talked to thinks it's super cool and that we did a good job," Emily said. "The kids are very excited and enjoy it as well. We're proud of the happiness it brings to people."
Those interested in checking out the display should head to Dodgeville Street in Highland soon as it will only be up through November 5. Everything is turned on at 6 p.m. and is off at 10 p.m. If wanting to walk-through the decorations, please stay on the sidewalks and driveways so that everyone will be able to enjoy it. Check out their Facebook page as well at www.facebook.com/Brogleys.
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