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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Meet Me @ The Altar share “Garden,” become your new favorite pop-punk band

Who had Paramore down as the most influential band of their generation? Fifteen years on from the release of their debut album All We Know Is Falling, teenagers are still picking up guitars, getting in their feelings, and trying to emulate the Tennessee pop-punks. Not least the members of Meet Me @ The Altar — 19-year-old guitarist Téa Campbell, 21-year-old drummer Ada Juarez, and 19-year-old vocalist Edith Johnson — who all would have been infants when “Pressure” was making its way around torrent sites. Now they’re announcing that they’ve signed to emo bastion Fueled By Ramen, releasing a hugely satisfying new single called “Garden,” and setting themselves up as one of the most exciting young pop bands in the United States.

“Garden,” the video for which is premiering at the foot of the page, is a throwback in every sense: half-pace arpeggiated riffs, a massive chorus, chugging breakdowns thrown in so kids can let loose at a show (some day). Even the saturation on the video seems to have been ripped from an early-aughts MTV 2 marathon. The main difference here — other than the fact that Meet Me @ The Altar is comprised of three women of color, two of whom are gay — is that Campbell, Juarez, and Johnson bring a contagious energy to things. They clearly fucking love what they do. I’m a particular fan of Campbell, who can rip through riffs and trills with virtuosic abandon, but best of all looks shocked and overjoyed every time she does something complex or watches her bandmates do something cool. I’ve listened to this song every day for two weeks and woken up with it in my head just about every morning. It’s been great.

“’Garden’ is about being there for the people in your life who need you the most,” the band wrote in a statement to The FADER. “We wanted to write a super energetic song that was really positive, because a lot of pop-punk isn’t positive. It’s about white dudes, crying over their girlfriends.”

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You Can Grow It: Our viewers share their garden harvests

Jim Duthie shares garden photos that were posted on the You Can Grow It Facebook group page.

BOISE, Idaho — Did you grow a garden this year? Many of you have been growing fruits, flowers and vegetables for years, while some of you are just learning the joy of gardening for the first time.

As the gardening season starts to draw to a close for the year, our garden master Jim Duthie is once again sharing some garden pictures that some of you have posted on the ‘You Can Grow It’ Facebook group page. Take a look.

Fall is here and most of us gardeners are busy harvesting and preserving our fruits and vegetables, and enjoying the last flower blooms of the season. It won’t be long before frosty weather puts an end to our outdoor gardening for the year. And while many of you are veteran gardeners, some of you developed a green thumb for the very first time. So let’s take a look at some harvest successes that some of our fellow gardeners have had this season.

It seems like a lot of you grew decorative gourds and pumpkins. Take a look at Lorna Huff’s harvest. She has quite an assortment of traditional Jack-o-lantern pumpkins, as well as a variety known as white ghost pumpkins. And how about those creepy looking warty and bumpy pumpkins, sometimes called knuckleheads, or super freaks. It looks like it going to be a fun Halloween at Lorna’s house.

And here are a couple of pictures that Suzy Erickson posted of her harvest of small gourds, mini-pumpkins and pattypan squash. Did you know that there are more than a hundred different kinds of squash, gourds and pumpkins that you can grow in your garden?

Speaking of squash, butternuts are one of the most popular squash varieties grown in home gardens… after zucchini, that is. Caitlin Ferguson shows us her big butternut squash harvest. They’re ready to pick when the skin turns tan and hard. But inside, the butternut’s flesh is golden yellow, and is delicious roasted, steamed, or microwaved. It also makes a hearty and delicious soup.

There’s hardly a vegetable garden in America that doesn’t grow tomatoes. Clark Muscat had his work cut out for him with his tomato crop, but look at the gorgeous reward…. freshly canned tomatoes and sauces ready for any dinner recipe.

Christmas is still three months away, but Sue Salyer grew her own Christmas tree, complete with decorative ornaments. Actually, it’s her tomato plant, and those ornaments are the tomatoes in various stages of ripeness, from green, to yellow, to orange and red.

Southwest Idaho has a great climate for growing grapes, and Malinda Kempton had a bumper crop this year…. 78 pounds of juicy concord grapes, ready for making some delicious grape juice, jams and jellies.

Not all gardens are about fruits and vegetables. Helena Hanson shows off her beautiful variety of late season clematis blooms, including this delicate pink and purple beauty. There are more

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Global Wall Decor Market 2020 Industry Outlook, Present Scenario of Manufacturers, Share, Size, Opportunities and Forecast to 2025

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Global Wall Decor Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 is currently an appended report by that will help you make informed decisions, know opportunities, plan new projects, explore drivers and restraints, plan effective business strategies, and provides a vision on the industry forecast. The report targets the major aspects related to global Wall Decor market growth, development plan, and focuses on significant tactics. The market has experienced an amazing change structure-wise such as product developments, launches, and trends. The market is evaluated on the basis of segments including types and applications. It demonstrates the market size, market share, market trends, and development rate. The report analyzes the progress of this market movement of significant players in this industry.

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NOTE: Our analysts monitoring the situation across the globe explains that the market will generate remunerative prospects for producers post COVID-19 crisis. The report aims to provide an additional illustration of the latest scenario, economic slowdown, and COVID-19 impact on the overall industry.


The market can be divided based on product types and its sub-type, major applications and usage area, and important regions.

Some of the major industry players included in the study are: Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Lowes, Home Depot,, IKEA, Franchise Concepts, Wal-Mart, Target, Ethan Allen, Macys Inc., Sears, Havertys, Wayfair Company, Pier 1 Imports, Kohls, J.C. Penney, Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware, Kirkland

This report segments the global market on the basis of types are: Wallpaper, Wall Mirrors, Wall Art, Others

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The market growth rate around the globe can vary from region to region, for which the report presents the full analysis based on different geographic areas covering North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Australia), South America (Brazil, Argentina), MENA (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey and South Africa)

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In a new podcast, Boston’s Brazilian house cleaners share stories ‘swept under the rug’

Heloiza Barbosa in the studio to record a recent episode of the "Faxina" podcast.
Heloiza Barbosa in the studio to record a recent episode of the “Faxina” podcast.Courtesy Faxina Podcast

In the 1990s, Brazil native Heloiza Barbosa was working toward her doctorate in education at Boston University when she took a job as a housekeeper on Martha’s Vineyard. One evening, her employer offered extra hours working a special event. Barbosa arrived to find the guest of honor was Salman Rushdie. “I read his work!” Barbosa told the owner. “Shhhh! Don’t Speak! Work!” was the response. In March 2020, this was the first of many stories featured on the “Faxina” podcast. The show, created and hosted by Barbosa, is focused on the experiences of Boston-area Brazilian house cleaners. Reached via phone at her home in Brookline, Barbosa spoke about the podcast’s origins and its multilingual reach.

Q. What motivated you to start a podcast?

A. About two years ago I was thinking about publishing a collection of short stories I was writing in Portuguese. Beyond the book, I intended to interview a former professor of mine who was a victim of torture during Brazil’s military dictatorship [1964-85]. So when I went to see her in my hometown of Belém, I began to chat with anyone in the street out of a sense of nostalgia. I was shocked by how unaware people were of Brazil’s recent history, especially young people. The youth did not even believe there was ever a military dictatorship. That helped in the election of [Jair] Bolsonaro, a man who once paid homage to a torturer from the military era in the halls of [Brazil’s] congress.

When Bolsonaro was elected I moved away from the book idea. Not everyone in Brazil has access to them; they’re very expensive there. So that’s when I decided to do a podcast because it’s a format with greater reach in Brazil. While initially it was going to be about life under the dictatorship, a conversation with a friend changed that. She’s a house cleaner [the Brazilian Portuguese word for house cleaning as a service is “faxina”], and after hearing her story, I thought: “My God! People need to hear this.” That was when I realized how many great stories there were under my nose. That was how “Faxina” was born, with the goal of telling people stories previously swept under the rug.

Q. What do you think kept these stories hidden before?

A. The reasons vary but often mirror people’s motives for leaving Brazil. Many left to escape poverty. Others fled from domestic violence. Others from homophobia because Brazil is an extremely homophobic and racist country. So, recording these stories truly means bringing them out of the shadows.

When we began making “Faxina,” I had no idea what it would become. I thought we’d only interview people about what it’s like working in the US. But as I heard more stories, I realized that we are sitting on a treasure trove of stories of resilience, stories about overcoming adversity and that give people back some aspect

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Interior Design Market Size, Share 2020 Size, Share Analysis by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application to 2024| Says Market Reports World

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Interior Design Market reports 2020 with Top Countries Data contains key global Interior Design companies, to define, describe and analyses the sales volume, value, market share and focuses on the global Interior Design status, future forecast, growth opportunity. Interior Design Market Report also Provides Market Share, CAGR, Production, Consumption, Revenue, Gross Margin, Cost And Market Influencing factors of the keyword industry in global regions.

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  • SOM
  • HKS
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  • Cannon Design
  • NBBJ
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  • CCD
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  • Wilson Associates
  • M Moser Associates
  • SmithGroupJJR
  • Areen Design Services

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Kitchen Sinks Market Size 2020 Industry Share, Demand Status, Recent Development Trends with Top Players and Forecast Analysis

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“Kitchen Sinks Market”research provides actionable intelligence on major parameters impacting the market, analyses the market performance of key companies, market dynamics of key segments, outlines the market performance across global regions. The insights of the industry over the past 5 years and a forecast until 2023 is provided.

The APAC is expected to be the major contributor to the global residential building construction market led by rising urbanization and growing disposable income. As houses are considered a long-term asset. the people started investing on it to secure the future. In addition, house owners can rent the house as rent is a non-detectible expense. The growth in residential building construction is expected to increase the demand for kitchen sinks. Stainless steel single-bowl kitchen sinks with drainer boards are the most commonly used kitchen sinks in regular residential buildings. However, for premium residential buildings. handcrafted and fireclay kitchen sinks are used. The handcrafted kitchen sinks are more expensive than the ordinary stainless-steel sinks. Our analysts have predicted that the kitchen sinks market will register a CAGR of about 4% by 2023.

Top Kitchen Sinks Market Manufacturers/Key Players:

● Franke Management AG ● Kohler Co ● Middleby Corporation ● Schock GmbH ● Teka Group

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● Market Characteristics, Market Landscape ● Market Size, Market Segmentation ● Vendor Analysis,Vendor Landscape, and Competitive Landscape ● Regional Landscape, Decision Framework ● Market Dynamics: -Market Trends, Drivers, and Challenges

Market Driver: growing global modular kitchen market

Market Trend: emerging growth of semi- recessed sinks

Market Challenge: high operational cost

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The commercial restaurant services are the major contributors to the global restaurant industry. The adoption of omnichannel sales strategy by the restaurant players has increased their overall sales. The growth in the sales is expected to increase the demand for kitchen sinks globally.
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Stainless sinks are the most commonly used kitchen sinks globally. Stainless steel is extracted from iron ore; therefore, the volatility in iron ore prices will directly impact the price of stainless steel. The fluctuation in stainless steel prices is expected to continue during the forecast period.

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● North America ● Europe ● Asia-Pacific ● South America ● Middle East and Africa

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● To analyse and study the market sales, Kitchen Sinks market size, status and forecast (2019-2023). ● Focuses on the key Kitchen Sinks manufacturers, to study the sales, value, market share and

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Residential Interior Door Market Size, Share Report 2020 Shipments, Price, Revenue and Gross profit till 2025 With Impact of COVID-19

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“Residential Interior Door Market” research report offers the breakdown of the industry by market size, rate of development, key companies, counties, product selections and application. The Residential Interior Door Market Report delivers current state, openings, limits, drivers and also the evolution forecasts of the market by 2025. Profound investigation about Residential Interior Door market standing, enterprise competition outline, welfares and drawbacks of enterprise stock, Residential Interior Door industry development trends, regional industrial layout features and economics policies, industry News and Strategies by Regions has additionally been enclosed.

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A standard US residential (exterior) door size is 36″ x 80″ (91 x 203 cm). Interior doors for wheelchair access must also have a minimum width of 3′-0″ (91 cm). Residential interior doors are often somewhat smaller being 6′-8″ high, as are many small stores, offices, and other light commercial buildings. Larger commercial, public buildings and grand homes often use doors of greater height. Older buildings often have smaller doors.

Residential Interior Door market report provides in-depth data about company Profiles, Residential Interior Door launching and Market Positioning, their Production, Value, Price, ratio and Target Customers. Research report contains data about following major players in Residential Interior Door market, which strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyse their growth strategies.:

  • Gianni Panel
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  • Masonite
  • Reliance Home
  • Hillaldam Coburn Sliding Doors
  • Hormann
  • P C Henderson
  • Stanford Door
  • Ashworth
  • Door World
  • Cr Laurence
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In Regional Analysis, the Residential Interior Door market is also categorised into North America, Europe, China, Japan, the middle East, India, South America, Others. North America, Europe is expected to account for a distinguished share, in terms of price and extent, of the Residential Interior Door market throughout the forecast length. The Residential Interior Door market within the Asia Pacific is projected to extend throughout the forecast period. Evolving markets that include China and Asian country are expected to play a significant position within the boom in producing the surrounding area.

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The In-depth industry chain includes analysis value chain analysis, porter five forces model analysis and cost structure analysis. This Residential Interior Door Market report describes present situation, historical background and future forecast. It Comprehensive data showing Residential Interior Door sale, consumption, trade statistics, and prices in the recent years are provided. The Residential Interior Door report indicates a wealth of information on Residential Interior Door vendors. Residential Interior Door Market forecast for next five years, including Market volumes and prices is also provided. Raw Material Supply and Downstream Consumer Information is also included.

Years considered for this report:

Historical Years: 2015-2019

Base Year: 2019

Estimated Year: 2020

Forecast Period: 2020-2025


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Home Decor Market Size Global Industry Share, Growth, Segments, Revenue, Manufacturers and 2025 Forecast Research Report

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Global “Home Decor Market” (2020-2025) research provides an outline of the business with key insights, applications and the industrial chain structure. Additionally, it provides information of the worldwide market including advancement patterns, focused scene investigation, key locales and their improvement status. Advanced approaches and plans are examined just as assembling procedures and cost structures are dissected likewise. The report states import/trade utilities, market figures, cost, value, income and gross productivity of the market.

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The global Home Decor market is anticipated to rise at a considerable rate during the forecast period, between 2020 and 2025. In 2020, the market was growing at a steady rate and with the rising adoption of strategies by key players, the market is expected to rise over the projected horizon.

The report also tracks the latest market dynamics, such as driving factors, restraining factors, and industry news like mergers, acquisitions, and investments. Global Home Decor Market Size (value and volume), market share, growth rate by types, applications, and combines both qualitative and quantitative methods to make micro and macro forecasts in different regions or countries.

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● Herman Miller ● Kimball International ● Menard ● Sherwin-Williams ● Mohawk Industries Inc. ● D’decor Home Fabrics ● Ashley Furniture Industries ● Walmart Stores ● Lowe’s Companies ● Home Depot ● IKEA ● Shaw Industries

The report also focuses on global major leading industry players of Global Home Decor Market Share providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials and equipment and downstream demand analysis is also carried out. With tables and figures helping analyse worldwide Global Home Decor Market Forecast this research provides key statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market.

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The Global Home Decor Market Trends,development and marketing channels are analysed. Finally, the feasibility of new investment projects is assessed and overall research conclusions offered.

In Chapter 6, on the basis of types, the Home Decor Market from 2015 to 2025 is primarily split into:

● Furniture ● Textiles

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In the Garden: New veggie gardeners share triumphs and tribulations

Did you grow your first vegetable garden this year? Well done! Even if you experienced some problems or frustrations, I hope there were enough positive aspects to make you want to do it again next year.

I recently asked new gardeners on Facebook how they fared and received a lot of interesting replies. Before I proceed with those, I want to emphasize that no gardener has ever had a “perfect” garden on their first try. Come to think of it, I’ve been growing veggies for ages, and I don’t think I’ve ever had everything go according to plan. Do I still love it? You bet.

Vegetable gardening is a learning experience: You build on that experience by repeating your successes, talking to others about the challenges you’ve encountered and making adjustments each year. It should feel satisfying to grow vegetables. If you ate a homegrown tomato for the first time, you know it was worth the effort right there.

Here are some of the comments I’ve heard:

One new gardener realized he hadn’t spaced his plants properly, which impacted their growth. It’s always a good idea to follow the spacing recommendations on seed packets or plant tags. When plants are crowded, they have to fight for sunlight, moisture and nutrients. Stressed plants are often targeted by bugs.

A lot of folks were frustrated that our cold, wet spring affected their plants’ production. That’s one of those things we can’t control, but you might feel better knowing you weren’t alone. I should have waited a bit longer to plant my warm-season crops; others mentioned they probably planted theirs a bit too soon, as well. We should all wait until the danger of frost has passed and remember to harden off the seedlings before planting day by slowly acclimating them to outdoor temperatures and the intensity of the sunlight.

New and experienced gardeners alike commented on how difficult it was to find basic gardening supplies such as seeds and tools. While I know that was frustrating, it’s fantastic to have so many new gardeners. I’ve long maintained everyone should know how to grow their own food, and a lot of folks began that journey this year. Most garden centers and online sources are back on track now.

I heard positive comments, too. One couple said their crops produced so well, they’re already sketching out next year’s garden and looking through seed catalogs. Now that is organized, and I’m very impressed. Another person has appreciated the distraction that gardening has provided: “It has kept me centered and sane during these difficult times.”

Many people dealt with insect problems on their plants, which is always discouraging. The first step is to get them identified, then learn about organic solutions for controlling them. Experienced gardeners are great resources, as are our local Master Gardener programs; refer to the information box for ways to contact them.

A frequent frustration of new gardeners was that their gardens got out of control, making it difficult for them to

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