Afraid of spiders? A Caldwell neighborhood has some unique Halloween decorations
"It's a holiday where you can show off and put things out there and really decorate, and I wanted to do something unique."
For a lot of us, when we think of unique Halloween decorations, we think of jack-o-lanterns.
But not Daniel Park in Caldwell. He thinks of spiders. Big ones.
"Spiders are real. Ya know? Versus your witches and goblins and other things, this is something people encounter every day and people are really afraid of," Park says.
Afraid might be an understatement.
Park creates giant spiders with details as specific as the hairs on each of eight legs and baby spiders on the top, adding an extra element of terror.
But Park's wife and kids have learned to deal with the giant extra family members.
“Yeah. It was pretty ugly and creepy at first, but then I got used to it," says Park’s son Adam.
Some of Park's neighbors aren't used to it, taking the long way home to avoid seeing his creations. But, that is difficult because Park's creations pop up on other homes in the neighborhood as well.
As startling as the monstrosoties are, they may not actually be the most terrifying part of this whole story. More shocking may be what the guy who creates this mental distress for neighbors and even a certain television reporter does for a living.
"I'm in mental health. I'm a therapist," Park says.
The man's a therapist, but that doesn't mean he uses his creations as aversion therapy for patients.
All in all, the creations are in good - if horrifying - fun. But hey, like most creepy halloween creations, the beauty is in the eye - or eyes - of the beholder.
"It's pretty neat to have a big giant spider on your roof,” says Dennis Romero, who bought one of Park’s spiders.
But, that doesn’t mean the spiders are Romero’s favorite thing when they’re off his home.
“Uh, not really,” he says.