“Treat or Treat” is all I’m willing to say this year, because, honestly, 2020 can’t handle anymore tricks. Although passing out or collecting candy may look a little different on Oct. 31 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, families aren’t letting that damper their Halloween spirit. Many Plano homeowners are pulling out all the stops to give kids — and adults! — a spooky Halloween season. From creepy baby dolls to glowing pumpkins and 13-foot-tall skeletons (and so, so much more), you are guaranteed to get a frightful delight touring these yards this season.
Here are the best Halloween decorations seen at homes in Plano this year. Please remember to be respectful of homeowners, wear a mask and don’t step on any flower beds while you’re admiring the haunted décor! We may add a few more homes to the list as some neighborhoods are still in the process of putting up their decorations. So check back once more before Oct. 31!
R Avenue near 15th Place
Homeowner Brendan Cook transformed his house on R Avenue into a Haunted Mansion theme inspired by the ride at Disney World, complete with a skeleton driving an old-fashioned carriage, creepy portraits, a 12-ft. skeleton, frightening jack-o’-lanterns and many scary creatures.
“We have worked really hard to set up our first display this year for Halloween. I know 2020 has been pretty rough, but it’s our way of giving people a little bit of an escape during all the social distancing,” said Brendan.
The City of Plano has gotten in on the Halloween fun, and they have recently installed their phantoms throughout Downtown Plano. These phantoms were bought by the City several years ago to haunt people shopping or playing downtown. Find them at Interurban Railway Museum, Fillmore Pub, Vickery Park and Haggard Park.
Canterbury Court near Huntington Drive
Canterbury Court usually goes big for Halloween, and this year, we saw several houses with unique decorations – one had “2020” written in bones, because that is honestly scary enough. But one house stands out, featuring a skeleton rock band glowing in different colors, and several skeletons in the yard, including some climbing on the roof. This year, there will be no candy passed out at this house due to COVID-19, but you should still drive by to see the awesome display!
Singletree Trail near Mission Ridge Road
My kids were literally squealing in delight when we visited this house on Singletree Trail. It is jam-packed with lights, ghosts hanging from trees, huge glowing spiders, larger-than-life inflatable skeletons, tons of frightening creatures, plus a Halloween tunnel over the sidewalk filled with fake spiders and creepy dolls.
Homeowners Wilma Duran and Valerie Cruz live in the house and decorate every year. “We live in the Halloween house. It is my obsession, and Valerie makes the magic happen for me,” said Wilma. The couple is passionate about lawns — they own a landscape company called Duran Lawn Care — and they started decorating the yard in 1996. “It started with one jack-o’-lantern Valerie made for me,” said Wilma. “The kids loved it, and so did I. It has evolved into this!”
Pine Lakes Haunt
Former owner of an impressive Halloween display on Pine Lakes Drive, Tony Giles has created this year a custom-built 13-foot demon-skeleton prop that you can take pictures with. Fans can message Tony on Facebook to get his new address (he’s not on Pine Lakes Drive anymore!), then drive by and take family pictures with the amazing skeleton he built.
Tearose Drive near Bluegrass Drive
Use the hashtag #Area6513 when posting pics of this local home, overrun by an alien invasion! Some creepy, glowing extra-terrestrial experiments are taking place here, and you don’t want to miss it. Homeowner Matt Page has decorated this house in different themes for the last five Halloweens, and his parents’ house before that, as “it was something my dad and I did growing up,” said Matt. Full sound and smoke effects will be turned on beginning Oct. 28. Trick-or-treating and picture drive-bys will be allowed.
Dublin Park Drive
Though several houses on this street are decked out for the season, you’ll know when you’ve hit the highlight of the neighborhood. Kenneth Browne’s home in east Plano is known for his annual, truly over-the-top, luminous Halloween display. Thousands of lights on his home, trees and props dance to Halloween music aired over radio station 98.9FM. The light show runs from dusk until 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31.
The home is also an official drop-off point for Collin County Toys for Tots. Just stay in your car, and drop off a new, unwrapped gift in the cardboard boxes along the street. The “Browne Family Holiday Light Show” will also display holiday lights again Nov. 26 through Jan. 4.
Zurich Drive at Paris Ave
Local resident Cindy Rovezzi said she decorates her Plano home every year for Halloween with a new theme. Her daughter, Jennifer, is the architect behind the entertaining scenes. This year ship-wrecked skeletons stretch across her front yard in a Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired display. Cindy encourages drive-by viewings and even pedestrians that would like to get out and take photos from the sidewalk.
Langley Drive in Whiffletree Neighborhood
Whiffletree neighborhood, especially Langley Drive, has been known in past years to go really big for Halloween. This year, to discourage crowds from forming, the street will not be blocked off to cars and many houses will not be passing out candy as usual, per the homeowner’s association. We drove by, and a few houses have put up over-the-top spooky decor, so hopefully trick-or-treaters may still be able to score in a few places. As always, respect the houses with lights turned off on Oct. 31.
Lake Shore Lane near Knob Hill Drive
Homeowner Courtney alerted us to her colorful yet spooky Halloween display. Creepy characters will watch you from the home’s front windows as you take in the colorful lights. On the evening of Oct. 31, eerie sound effects and fog machines will add to the festivity.
Editor’s Note: The last four houses were added to this story Oct. 29.