Hamilton Mill Resident Transforms Home Into ‘House of Horror’
Over the past several years, Bonnie Kent’s home has turned into a major Halloween attraction in Dacula.
What began with the simple enjoyment of sitting on her front porch on Halloween has gradually taken on a life of its own according to Hamilton Mill resident Bonnie Kent.
After moving to her Ridgemill Terrace home (see map above right) almost eight years ago, Kent thought it would be fun to dress up as a witch for Halloween, put out a fog machine, sit on her porch and hand out candy.
“The kids seemed to love it, so the next year I added a few more things,” Kent said.
After years of adding "a few things" to her collection, Kent now has an impressive Halloween display that draws large crowds each year. During the weeks leading up to Halloween, Kent has 30-50 visitors each night.
“They stop and browse around and I’ll give little tours if I’m outside,” she said.
That number of visitors pales in comparison to the traffic Kent sees on Halloween night.
“We [have] maybe 2,500 trick-or-treaters. There are people lined up down the sidewalk, the street is gridlocked,” Kent said.
Last year, one of Kent’s friends -- a fellow Hamilton Mill resident -- spent an hour trying to make it to Kent’s home. The traffic and parking situation was so bad, the police ended up at the house.
“And then we got in trouble because we were chasing the kids with a chainsaw -- no chain of course,” Kent emphasized. “[The officer] said we can’t chase them into the street.”
Despite the traffic and crowds, Kent enjoys playing hostess on Halloween.
“I get three shopping carts from Sam’s of candy,” she said. “We give everybody a good handful.”
Do you decorate for Halloween? Tell us in the comments. Be sure and check out the video and photos of Kent’s "House of Horror" and feel free to add photos and video of your own Halloween décor by clicking the "submit your photos & video" link directly below this article.