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Not Trick or Treating? Visit These Haunted Houses Instead

The second annual “Halloween Houses on Display” contest is underway in West Hills, judged by impartial professionals to find the scariest and the most comical Halloween decor in West Hills.

This annual event is the brainchild of the Special Events Committee of the West Hills Neighborhood Council. Gary D’Amico, special effects award-winning designer, Elliot Maggin, writer and storyteller of Superman and Green Lantern fame, Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas, reality television stars and CD12 Councilman John Lee judged 32 houses Saturday night and selected the first, second and third place winners in the two categories.

They saw houses that looked like a ride at Disneyland, a spooky cemetery, singing pumpkins, giant spiders crawling down the sidewalk and even flying ghosts across a front yard and much more.

Sponsored by the West Hills Neighborhood Council and CD12, “the second year was an explosion over the first year,” said Steve Randall and Myrl Schreibman, the co-chairs of the event. “The judges returned to home base after judging, saying that the creativity was awesome.” In the scary category, first place went to Jeff and Alicia Hannan, 6707 Lederer Ave, second place went to Jeramieh Nicklasson, 23500 Justice St., and third place went to the Chapman Family, 6900 Melba Ave. In the Comical Category, first place went to Dodd and Dr. Elizabeth Harris, 8431 Pinelake Dr., second place went to Steve Deer, 8363 Maynard Ave., and a tie for third place went to Shane Crabtree, 22709 Burton St. and the Henley Family, 7518 Wiscasset Dr.

This year with restrictions on trick-or-treating, folks can drive by the houses to take a look for themselves and get in the Halloween spirit.

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