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One Dorchester house keeps up with its Halloween tradition

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 1, 2012 10:53 AM

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Carolyn Daily and Stephen Hart hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.


Tucked along Westglow Street in Dorchester is a house and a group of homeowners that every Halloween go above and beyond.

Since 2007, the committed group has gone all out, decorating their two-family home at 64 Westglow St. and welcoming trick-or-treaters from the neighborhood to their doorsteps.

Whether it is the 1,000 balloons they gave away last year when they decorated their house like the animated film “Up” or the working cannons they had this year for their “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme, brother and sister James and Carolyn Daily along with their spouses Stephen Hart and Kim Daily, always make sure the neighborhood’s kids have a very happy Halloween.

“We love it and the kids love it,” said Carolyn, who bought the house with her brother James in 2007. “It’s a lot of work, but a ton of fun.”

The group was in full costume Wednesday, dressed from head to toe like pirates, complete with swashbuckling beards and pirate swords.

“My daughter Ava and I took a kids pirate cruise at the Cape over the summer and she said we should do that for Halloween,” said James Daily, as he distributed candy to the kids running up to the house.

Complete with cannons, a sail, and a smoke machine, the house truly transformed from an ordinary home to an all-out pirate ship.

“I think it’s really the kids and other people’s interest that motivates us,” said Carolyn, who estimated that the house’s costume took about three-days to construct.

With over 800 pieces of candy distributed to area youth Wednesday, James, Carolyn, Kim, and Stephen were working hard. Although the have covered a number of themes over the past couple of years, from Scooby-Doo to the 50’s, the committed Dorchester residents have always made sure to have plenty of candy and Halloween spirit for the whole neighborhood.

Although they weren’t able to divulge next year’s theme, they said they have a few ideas.

“They [area youth] want us to do a circus, but the theme usually doesn’t come to us until the summer,” said Carolyn.

James however felt a little differently about when planning would start.

“We’re starting next year tomorrow,” James said.

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The home at 64 Westglow St. .

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