Street of screams: Forest Glen home is the place to go for a frightful time

Edmonds brings out the boo
By Brian Soergel | Oct 16, 2018
Courtesy of: Keith Peterson Keith Peterson’s home is tricked out for Halloween. It’s a tradition.

South of Hickman Park in Edmonds there’s a house you might want to avoid if you don’t care to have the bejesus scared out of you this Halloween season.

But if you don’t mind a little “blood” mixed with candy, head to 10708 240th Place SW, on the corner of 107th Place West in the Forest Glen neighborhood.

“Last year, on a chilly Wednesday Halloween night, we had over 600 trick-or-treaters,” homeowner Keith Peterson said. He’s very proud of that fact.

“We annually decorate our property inside and out to the nines. It is scary with hints of humor, singing pumpkins, a homemade pirate ship, zombies and scary clowns.”

(Editor’s interjection: Is there another kind?)

Peterson said to make sure his wife, Tammy Peterson, is credited with the house’s spooky designs.

“It will make my life easier,” he said.

Also helping out are the Peterson kids, Lily, Emma and Abby.

While the Peterson house is the focal point of the area and has become a destination over the years, there is something else to all this scary stuff.

“It is our neighborhood that brings back memories of the good old days when you would trick or treat with pillowcases and not little pumpkin buckets. I’m sure that in the 1950s our houses were built with Halloween in mind.”

The neighborhood is dominated by classic ramblers on flat lots. (Random tangent: Does anyone build ramblers anymore?)

Anyway, back to ramblers.

“The goal of ramblers, of course, is maximum candy for minimum steps,” Peterson said. “You can leave one doorstep and run across the lawn to the next with nary a sidewalk. Where, if you were willing, you could walk through a haunted yard and be rewarded with the holy grail – a full-size candy bar.”

You had us at “full-size.”

Peterson has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years.

“The residents of Forest Glen are an amazing group of people,” he said. “We are a supportive group who look out for one another whether you have been here for 50 years or one of the several new residents this year. It is fun to hear the new people move in and say, “Oh, we’ve heard about Halloween around here.’ ”

Peterson said neighbors also host a July 4 parade in the afternoon, after the downtown parade, of course. More than 100 people usually show up for that, he said.

“We have been runner-up in the now-defunct Christmas house decorating challenge, but our crowning achievement is our Halloween extravaganza.”

Full-size candy bars … full-size candy bars.

This year, the Petersons will have a donation bucket to support the Edmonds Food Bank. Nonperishable items are requested.

 

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