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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