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Almost Every House On This Hackensack Street Goes All Out For Halloween

Ellyn Ward was decorating her Clinton Place home in Hackensack Sunday. Looks like she made a friend.
Ellyn Ward was decorating her Clinton Place home in Hackensack Sunday. Looks like she made a friend. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Each haunted Clinton Place home has its own style.
Each haunted Clinton Place home has its own style. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
So. Many. Pumpkins.
So. Many. Pumpkins. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Ellyn Ward's Hackensack home.
Ellyn Ward's Hackensack home. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
We crashed a mariachi wedding on this Clinton Place lawn... oops.
We crashed a mariachi wedding on this Clinton Place lawn... oops. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
"'This street is the Halloween street,'" Ward said quoting the agent. "'You don't have to participate but if you choose not to, I don't know how people will respond.'"
"'This street is the Halloween street,'" Ward said quoting the agent. "'You don't have to participate but if you choose not to, I don't know how people will respond.'" Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Graves and skeletons await placement on Ward's lawn Sunday.
Graves and skeletons await placement on Ward's lawn Sunday. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Ward's giant spiders, honoring the late Walter Smith.
Ward's giant spiders, honoring the late Walter Smith. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Ellyn Ward knew she had big shoes to fill if she was going to move into the house that she ultimately chose on Clinton Place in Hackensack.

The house was formerly occupied by the late Walter Smith, who every Halloween would dangle a massive spider from his balcony, dropping it on trick-or-treaters as they left.

When Ward visited the house in 2008, the spider was resting on the balcony — and her real estate agent was very clear.

"'This street is the Halloween street,'" Ward said quoting the agent. "'You don't have to participate but if you choose not to, I don't know how people will respond.'"

Needless to say, Ward has become one of the many Clinton Place residents who have become well-known across Bergen County for their over-the-top Halloween decorations.

See photos above for a look at how the houses are coming along.

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