As nerve-jangling jack o' lanterns and gruesome graveyards begin
to pop up across Glendale, the city of Glendale is looking for the
scariest, spookiest showings of Halloween spirit out there.
The city's Neighborhood Services Department and the Committee for
a Clean & Beautiful Glendale are looking for the creepiest and most
creative haunted houses and businesses.
The nomination deadline is Friday.
"It's more of a recognition program than a contest," said Juan
Gonzalez, a public education coordinator for the department. "We want
to recognize the people who make their neighborhoods more special at
"You've got some people who go out of their way," he said. "It can
be as simple as carving some elaborate pumpkins. There are also
people who have full graveyards on their lawns, with hearses."
Halloween brings out the creativity in many residents and business
owners, Gonzalez said.
"A lot of people love it," he said. "We encourage them to just
have fun with it."
Nominations -- including address, cross street and owners' name,
if known -- can be made to Eric Alonso at 548-2125 or via e-mail at
Neighborhood Services TV crews will visit the nominated businesses
and homes during the evening between Monday and Oct. 23. Some of the
top homes and businesses will be featured on Charter Communications
Channel 6 for one week beginning Oct. 28.