Photos: Fright night takes center stage with Halloween decor in the Southland

A boy turns around to make a scary face at his mother outside a home decorated with ghoulish creatures
Benjamin Varela, 6, makes a scary face for his mother Sandra to take his picture in front of a home decorated for Halloween on Davana Terrace in Sherman Oaks.
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Well that may not be enough to get you in the holiday spirit, so how about these creations around Los Angeles.

A pedestrian looks at skeletons holding a sign that reads "I should have gotten the vaccine" outside a home in Sherman Oaks
A message from the departed gets the attention of a pedestrian walking past a home on Dixie Canyon Avenue in Sherman Oaks.
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A ghost and cobwebs decorate a hedge on Stansbury Avenue in Sherman Oaks.
A pedestrian is encouraged not to tarry while walking past a home on Stansbury Avenue in Sherman Oaks.
(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

Zombies attempt to climb the fence as Sonia Tapia walks with her son, Josiah Green, 1, and dog, Cookie, outside their home
Zombies attempt to climb the fence as Sonia Tapia walks with her son, Josiah Green, 1, and dog, Cookie, outside their home in Arleta.
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Buddy, a golden retriever, checks out a giant inflatable black cat that has taken over the front walk of his family's home
Buddy, a 3-year-old golden retriever, checks out a giant inflatable black cat that has taken over the front walk of his family’s home on Irving Boulevard.
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Cesar De La Cruz, a kitchen appliance installer, makes his way past a tree decorated for Halloween
Cesar De La Cruz, a kitchen appliance installer, makes his way past a tree decorated for Halloween while working at a home on Pandora Avenue in Los Angeles.
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Jack-o'-lanterns are the theme at a home decorated for Halloween on Moorpark Street in Toluca Lake.
Jack-o'-lanterns glow outside a home on Moorpark Street in Toluca Lake.
(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)