Ghoulish carnival characters have taken up residence in Jonesboro resident B.J. Burrell’s front yard. The nightmarish figures are part of her Halloween display.
JONESBORO B.J. Burrell would be as happy as a clam if she spent all of October building upon the Halloween display at her Jonesboro home.
Burrell, 73, always has more spiders, witches, ghouls, tombstones and skeletons she wants to add to the display at her home. This year, she has a ghoulish carnival theme going on. There’s a fortune teller, a ring master, a graveyard, a demonic clown and a rotund woman who has Hillary Clinton’s face.
Frankenstein is sharing popcorn with a Skeletor-esque figure.
She has got a guy “taking” tickets, but she said she’s not yet finished with this one. She said she still has to put out a table and ring toss game with this fella.
“I could work out here all the way till Halloween night doing stuff to add on to my display, but my family would make me stop before then,” she said Burrell, as she explained the different vignettes in her yard..
Burrell’s displays have been a Halloween tradition in Jonesboro for approximately 41 years, since she and her husband Curtis obtained their Church Street home from her grandparents. They go up the first week in October, and they are one of the tell tale signs that Halloween is around the corner in Clayton County.
She doesn’t dress up her yard just for Halloween. The life-long Jonesboro resident, who is also known to Jonesboro voters as the poll manager for city elections, does other holidays, including Easter, the Fourth of July and Christmas as well. But, she said those other dates can’t compare with the wicked nature of late October.
“Halloween is my favorite time of the year,” said Burrell.
And, her neighbors say she’s not kidding when she says she likes Halloween.
“You will find her dressed in orange — it’s her favorite color — from 10/1 until 10/31,” said Jonesboro City Council member Pat Sebo, who lives across the street from Burrell. She added between 100 and 200 children come Trick-or-Treating on Church Street every Halloween, just to see Burrell’s yard display.
Sebo said other residents on Church Street generally concede the “Most Elaborate Display” title to Burrell. It is not because they don’t want to try and outdo her. There are other houses on the street, including Sebo’s, which have displays.
It’s just a matter of Burrell’s mind being more creative than everyone else, said the councilwoman, who added that she is “in awe” of what Burrell does every year.
“She has set the bar so high, there’s no way we can touch it,” said Sebo.