September was barely over when the fake cobwebs and plastic jack-0-lanterns began appearing on porches from Echo Park to Highland Park. The rush to be the first on the block with Halloween decor has put some neighbors in a competitive mood. In Silver Lake, a burst of early decorations found blogger Will Campbell dragging out gravestones earlier than normal:
Typically I wait until the week before Halloween before I start spookifying the place, but others on our block have started early, and you know me: always have to keep up with the Boneses!
Campbell’s neighbors may have been first with the frightful decorations but he has plans for a big finish. Said Campbell by email: “By the time Halloween rolls around there’ll be giant bats/skulls/ghouls/flying ghosts/fog machines/scary sounds.”