Readers send in and share photos of Halloween decor

Steve Stephens
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

With many of us having more time to haunt our own homes this year during the pandemic, fans of Halloween have had the opportunity to create some inventive and fun holiday scenes. But what fun is haunting if there’s no one to haunt? 

To spread their holiday “spirit,” several Dispatch readers have agreed to share their Halloween fun this season.

Carroll Bowman and her husband Joe, both in their early 70s, have lived on their horse farm between Gahanna and New Albany for nearly 40 years.

But only in the past few years has a spooky (or amusing, depending on your point of view) skeletal horse and rider been haunting the property.

And since the display is on a horse farm, the obvious question ensues.

“One woman, with her mother and daughter, pulled up and asked to take pictures,” Carroll Bowman recalled.

“She asked, ‘Is that really a horse’s skeleton?’ ”

Bowman responded by activating the sensor that makes the horse whinny and its eyes glow, she said.

Whether that answered the visitor’s question is unclear, but just FYI, the boney horse is plastic.

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Artist Cindy McGuire of Marion takes her teddy bear art to many art shows. While there, she has picked up some interesting holiday decor items, some old, some new, she said.

“Doing shows all over the U.S. and the world, you see those great pieces,” she said.

“And our house is a 1910 brick four-square; it’s a great place to display things,” said McGuire, 66.

“I love that flavor, mixing old and new together.

“I’m not a dedicated Halloween collector, but I collect seasonal things, and I like decorating for the season,” she said.

All hail to the Hales

The Hale family of Westerville has only been decorating their house for a few years. But they’ve really gotten into the spirit, said Mary Kay Hale, 47.

“That’s where all my spare money goes, to Halloween decorations,” she said.

“We live across the street from a school. We love to watch the kids approach our house. Some either cross the street, or run like they’re being chased by bees.”

But come trick-or-treat time, their spooky house is a kid magnet, Hale said.

“We love the kids, the trick-or-treaters, the costumes.”

The Hales make many of the decorations, especially the most grisly, themselves, Hale said.

“We call that my husband’s girlfriend, since he made her,” she said, of one partial skeletal form.

“And every year they get grosser, more stuff stuck in their hair, more stuff peeling off.”

The Hales are empty nesters, but these days, their five grown children come over to help decorate the yard. And their 3-year-old grandson loves the gruesome decorations, Hale said.

“He’s fearless.”

But the neighbors? Perhaps not so much.

“We’ve got some older neighbors who I think suspect we make sacrifices on Wednesdays,” she said.

“I think I’ve heard the word “abomination” used.”

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Photos: Hundreds of supporters gather for Trump’s White House event

Ahead of President Trump’s first in-person event since his COVID-19 diagnosis, large crowds made their way to the White House’s grounds Saturday.

They gathered on the South Lawn, where Trump delivered a speech from the White House’s balcony. Hundreds attended the event.

Earlier today, the president’s supporters, donning “Make America Great Again” hats and blue “We The Free” t-shirts, rallied at The Ellipse, the park south of the White House lawn. Someattendees did not appear to be wearing masks.

The Trump campaign said all attendees would be given a temperature check and that the wearing of masks would be encouraged.

President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.
President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.DOUG MILLS/NYT
President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.
President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.Doug Mills/NYT
People attend a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, as President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.
People attend a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, as President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19. DOUG MILLS/NYT
Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. Alex Brandon/Associated Press
Supporters of President Donald Trump march in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump is scheduled to  appear on the balcony of the White House on Saturday afternoon, and address a previously scheduled gathering of conservative activists.
Supporters of President Donald Trump march in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump is scheduled to appear on the balcony of the White House on Saturday afternoon, and address a previously scheduled gathering of conservative activists. STEFANI REYNOLDS/NYT
Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up ÒBack the BlueÓ signs during a rally outside the White House in Washington, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump, eager to prove he has fully recovered a week after being hospitalized for Covid-19, appeared briefly on Saturday afternoon in front of hundreds of chanting supporters gathered at the White House.
Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up ÒBack the BlueÓ signs during a rally outside the White House in Washington, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump, eager to prove he has fully recovered a week after being hospitalized for Covid-19, appeared briefly on Saturday afternoon in front of hundreds of chanting supporters gathered at the White House. Stefani Reynolds/NYT
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press
President Donald Trump supporters rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where President Trump will hold a rally in the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
President Donald Trump supporters rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where President Trump will hold a rally in the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press
Supporters of President Donald Trump receive pizza after a rally at The Ellipse, before entering to the White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
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Acura MDX teaser photos show an upscale interior

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After teasing us with an exterior image of the fourth-generation Acura MDX a week ago, Acura has now followed up with images of the interior. The exterior teaser was done up in “Tron” style, but these interior shots go beyond outlines to reveal some details that are much less obscured.

Acura promises the MDX will be the “most premium and performance-focused” version of the SUV yet and has earned “elevated status” as the brand’s flagship. (Only about 1,000 of the RLX were sold in North America last year, vs. 52,000 of the MDX, so it seems the big sedan got demoted as flagship. Aw.)

The MDX’s instrument panel is lower and wider, Acura says, and the interior is trimmed out in real open-pore wood. The leather dash is “hand-wrapped” with French seams. All three rows of seating surfaces are quilted, with perforations done in a gradated design, and there is contrasting piping and stitching. Massaging front seats add to the premium experience.

Acura promises a variety of new technologies in the cabin, including what it calls the Acura Precision Cockpit, along with a mighty wide-looking HD infotainment screen and Acura’s dynamic ELS Studio 3D sound system with 25 speakers. (Where do they put them all?)

After Acura did great things with the RDX and the new 2021 TLX, we expect the MDX redesign will follow suit in reinvigorating the brand. The MDX will likely offer the same engines as in the TLX: a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the base engine, and a 355-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine as an option. But we should know more about all of the above when the prototype Acura MDX — albeit a very-near-production prototype — will be revealed next Wednesday, Oct. 14. 

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a close up of a car: We can see the three-row SUV's new cabin has a more upscale design, larger infotainment screen, and a digital gauge cluster.


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We can see the three-row SUV’s new cabin has a more upscale design, larger infotainment screen, and a digital gauge cluster.

  • Photos and video tease the new upscale interior of the 2022 Acura MDX, revealing richer materials, a larger infotainment screen, the brand’s first digital gauge cluster, and a 25-speaker audio system.
  • The fourth generation of the MDX will be revealed next week and go on sale early next year.
  • Last year Acura sold about 50,000 MDXs, which was nearly a third of its total sales volume.

Today Acura released teaser images and a Tron-style video revealing the interior of the new 2022 MDX, which will go on sale early next year. The fourth generation of the three-row SUV will be unveiled on October 14, and Acura says it will be the most premium and performance-focused MDX its history. These overproduced illustrations seem to support that claim.

For now, Acura isn’t very forthcoming with information, but says that the SUV’s new dash is wider and lower, leather-wrapped, and trimmed with open-pore wood. Like the RDX and TLX, it will have a single oversize infotainment screen, which Acura calls “ultrawide” without giving dimensions. It appears to be the largest in the brand’s lineup and will be controlled with a touchpad on the console.

The MDX will also feature Acura’s first digital gauge cluster, which will have two configurations, and a 25-speaker ELS Studio 3D premium audio system with integrated LED ambient lighting. Its new sport seats will be heated and cooled and will offer multiple massage settings. Perforated leather with contrasting stitching and piping will cover all three rows. Acura calls the elaborate design stitched into the upholstery “curvilinear quilting.”

There’s seating for seven; however, the second-row seat appears to be split 40/20/40, so we suspect the center section is removable, leaving two captain’s chairs and improving third-row access. The SUV’s conventional shifter has been replaced with a pushbutton unit, and its three-spoke steering wheel is shared with the TLX. We can also see a panoramic sunroof, aluminum speaker grilles, and multiple drive settings including Normal, Sport, and Individual.

Consistently Acura’s best-selling model, the MDX makes up nearly a third of its sales, so Honda’s luxury brand has a lot riding on the redo of its largest SUV. Recently we published exterior spy shots of the SUV, which Acura says will be the new flagship of the brand. In those images it looks to be somewhat larger than the current model and is expected to share at least one of its engines with the recently introduced 2021 TLX. The 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 found in the sedan’s Type S performance variant is a sure bet for the SUV, which is now powered exclusively by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 290 hp. The MDX is also expected to get the latest version of Acura’s SH-AWD system and a10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid model may follow down the road.

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Emma Roberts Shares Photos Of Her Baby Shower

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It was definitely memorable.

Emma Roberts gave a tutorial today on how to throw a cute baby shower in the time of COVID-19, for your “family and pod.”

The actor, who is expecting her first child — a baby boy — with boyfriend and actor Garrett Hedlund, shared photos of her party on Instagram, which had a magical garden theme.

There were a lot of pretty moments, including her floral dress and matching mask…

And the decor, which included roses dangling from a tree.

But the most memorable decoration was definitely the vagina-shaped floral arrangement that gave Emma a “laugh.”

Flowers were incorporated in a bunch of other creative ways, too. Emma put some dainty ones in her water cup…

And flower-pressed cookies and mushroom-shaped cookies were served.

As well as “baby boy” cookies.

The actor, who has been encouraging others to wear a mask, threw the party in an outdoors space large enough for her guests to social distance — which included Kristen Stewart and Camila Morrone, according to a source at People.

Emma thanked everyone who came for “making [her] pregnancy feel so celebrated during such wild times.”

Congrats to the mom-to-be!

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Photos: Trump walks across White House lawn after COVID-19 diagnosis

  • President Donald Trump left the White House on Friday for Water Reed Medical Center, where he will be admitted after testing positive for COVID-19. He wore a mask.
  • Trump and the First Lady went into self-quarantine after testing positive for the virus early Friday morning, but the White House announced he developed a fever and cough later in the day and would be taken to the hospital for a “few days.”
  • Trump left the White House Friday evening, walking across the south lawn to board Marine One without assistance.
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President Donald Trump departed the White House Friday evening for Walter Reed Medical Center, where he will be admitted for a “few days” after testing positive for COVID-19 and developing symptoms.

Trump boarded the presidential helicopter, Marine One, after walking across the south lawn without assistance from staff. He wore a mask while making the walk.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days,” the White House said in a statement.

Trump will remain at the military hospital at the doctor’s recommendation and is expected to undergo additional testing, though it is unclear which tests he’ll be given. The White House said he’s not in serious condition and plans to work from an executive office suite inside the facility.

The president announced via Twitter early Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, just hours after Bloomberg and other media outlets reported that his close adviser, Hope Hicks, had also contracted the disease. Trump said he and the First Lady had gone into self-quarantine while awaiting results.

White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo Trump was “fatigued but in good spirits,” while news outlets reported Friday that he is also experiencing a low-grade fever and a cough.

Trump is not the first president to stay overnight at Walter Reed. President Ronald Reagan stayed the night in the hospital in 1989 after a minor surgery to correct a condition that caused a curvature of the ring finger on his left hand.

But Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis is the most serious medical condition a president has faced since Reagan was shot in 1981. Reagan received treatment at George Washington University Hospital.

Watch C-SPAN’s video of Marine One lifting off from the White House lawn Friday.

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Gina Kirschenheiter Decorated for Halloween: Photos

For Halloween enthusiasts like Gina Kirschenheiter, October 1 is the start of “the most wonderful time of the year.” 

In an Instagram video set to Andy Williams’ classic holiday song, The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member showed off the new Halloween décor on her patio. While the pieces, including everything from skulls to pumpkins to a black cat, are perfectly creepy, the black-and-white color scheme of the props adds a chic touch to the spooky setup. 

It seems Gina is just getting started. Hours after sharing the video of her backyard’s festive new look, she posted another clip to Instagram as she loaded a massive, scary clown figure into the back of her car. Gina joked of the sight, “Just a typical Thursday.”

While Gina went all out last year on an incredibly elaborate haunted house in her home, complete with skeletons, a pirate ship in her driveway, and faux bloody handprints on the windows, this will be her first time decorating for Halloween at the new home she lives in with her boyfriend, Travis Mullen, and their combined six children. For her first Halloween in their new abode, Gina noted that she was “busting it all out” when it came to décor. 

Gina isn’t the only Bravoleb who is already bringing her A-game when it comes to Halloween décor. Bethenny Frankel recently showed off the creepy new additions to her Hamptons home, while Meghan King placed some seriously “spooky” props in her front yard last month. 

However, it seems no one takes Halloween decorating as seriously as Dorinda Medley. The Real Housewives of New York City alum has started decorating her Blue Stone Manor kitchen for the holiday, as seen in a recent Instagram Story showing a headless horseman figure and bowls filled with candy corn and candy pumpkins. Of course, there will almost certainly be more to come, as Dorinda declared last year, “Decorating for Halloween is a tradition, a sport and my favorite game.” 

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My Kitchen Rules’s Ash Pollard shares photos of her new baby girl


By Marta Jary For Daily Mail Australia

14:13 25 Sep 2020, updated 14:27 25 Sep 2020

Ash Pollard has welcomed her first child with partner Pete Ferne – a baby girl. 

In a sweet Instagram post shared on Friday, the former My Kitchen Rules star posed with the tot laying on her chest. 

In the gorgeous black and white image, the 34-year-old lay down with her newborn baby cradled under a blanket. 

Welcome! Ash Pollard has welcomed her first child with partner Pete Ferne – a babgirl. Ashhas not yet revealed the name of her new arrival. Both pictu

Ash has not yet revealed the name of her new arrival, so far only announcing that she’s had a girl. 

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The radio host wrote simply in the accompanying caption:  ‘She’s here! #Obsessed’. 

In Instagram Stories shared in the evening, Ash showed off the gifts she had already received from loved ones. 

The radio host wrote simply in the accompanying caption: ‘She’s here! #Obsessed’

They included lush bunches of flowers and a lavish selection of meats, cheeses and crackers. 

She captioned one of the photos: ‘So many beautiful florals to celebrate our new bundle!’ 

Ash thanked a number of her friends for the food delivery and seemed to be in great spirits.   

Gifts: In Instagram Stories shared in the evening, Ash showed off the gifts she had already received from loved ones
Nice! They included lush bunches of flowers and a lavish selection of meats, cheeses and crackers

Last week, the cook revealed the bub was already overdue – joking that her baby has ‘bad habits’ and is tardy like their mother.

In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the star shared a selfie in which she flaunted her baby bump.  

She wrote in the caption: ‘Y’all I’m still here! Baby is late (like its mother to a meeting). Father unimpressed with bad habits already starting in utero!’ 

Excited: Ash announced that she was expecting her first child with Peter (pictured) on her HIT 101.3 breakfast show in March
Late! Last week, the cook revealed the bub was already overdue – joking that her baby has ‘bad habits’ and is tardy like their mother

Ash recently revealed she learned she was expecting while on the set of Seven’s All New Monty: Guys and Gals.  

She told The Daily Telegraph: ‘I had no idea I was pregnant and I was so sick… just absolutely so ill during the filming of that show, I can’t even tell you.’ 

In between rehearsals for the strip show and early starts on Sea FM, the radio host thought she was just exhausted. 

Some timing! Ash recently revealed she learned she was expecting while on the set of Seven’s All New Monty: Guys and Gals (pictured)

‘I get up for breakfast radio every morning and was absolutely burning the candle at both ends, so I just thought it was that,’ Ash said. 

Instead of pulling out of the show, Ash soldiered on,

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Lessons From Listings Photos: How This House Sold in a Month During a Pandemic


It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.

There is no perfect time to sell a house—anyone who’s ever put a property on the market will tell you that. Sure, tradition tells us that selling in spring might be ideal. But at the end of summer? During a pandemic?


These extra obstacles didn’t stop the owners of a cute family home in Houston from putting up a “For Sale” sign. Perhaps their confidence came from knowing they’d made home improvements that would appeal to buyers. Regardless of their motivation, this sale was a success: The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home went on the market in August 2020, and was sold just one month later.



So what interior and exterior enhancements did the owners do to make sure their home sold in a hurry? We went to real estate and design experts to discuss the changes made to this house—and how you can pull off a similar transformation in your own space.


Front exterior


The front of the house looks dramatically better after just a few simple changes, supplying a first impression that buyers won’t forget.

“Curb appeal sells homes,” says real estate broker Bruno Fernandez, of Imagine Reality. “By simply upgrading the landscape, adding a luxurious accent door, and a fresh coat of paint that allows the original brick to pop, this home went from ordinary to eye-catching.”


Interior designer Lanna Ali-Hassan, co-owner of Beyond the Box Interiors, explains further. “The exterior of your home will either make or break whether a potential home buyer even steps foot through the front door,” she says. “The aesthetic of your home’s exterior should tell the story of what is occurring inside—and it’s your goal to get potential buyers to the next chapter.”

Ali-Hassan says that’s exactly what they’ve done here, by making the exterior of the home look clean, bright, and welcoming.

Living room


There was nothing exactly wrong with the living room before, other than the fact that it felt a little cramped. But that’s a major negative for buyers and can drive them away.


“If your living room is on the smaller side, the goal is to make it appear larger by tricking the eye,” says Ali-Hassan. That was easily accomplished in this space by using a few basic tricks, such as “incorporating lighter-colored furniture and neutral bright walls, accentuating the vertical by placing your window treatments up higher, and installing either a decorative light or ceiling fan.”

“The change is night and day,” adds New York City real estate agent Judy Liebman. “Dark furniture, drapes, floors, and accessories are replaced with more modern and light pieces.  The addition of blinds allows

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