With Trick-or-treaters out in full force for Halloween Wednesday evening, one Creston home took the “treat” to a different level.
Janice Rogers’ house at 1700 W. Prairie St. featured homemade decorations created by her daughter, Rachelle Van Gelder. Among the decorations were a gum ball machine, ice cream cone, cupcake, old-fashioned grape soda and several pieces of candy.
The archway constructed just in front of the front door was jungle themed.
It marked the fourth straight year Van Gelder has created Halloween decorations for her mother’s house using balloons.
“The last years I’ve just done all Halloween stuff. This year, I was bored with just doing Halloween,” Van Gelder said. “I was looking and thought I’d like to try the candy theme. I just threw in the jungle thing. I wanted to try it, so I did it.”
The jungle-themed archway, which was the main piece of this year’s decoration, included large bases for each of the columns and a frame made out of PVC pipe. The jungle archway took more than 400 balloons to create.
Van Gelder said she has been making balloon decorations for several years now after seeing them in a magazine.
“I thought they were pretty neat. With the internet now, you can learn how to do about anything,” she said. “So that’s how I started, just looking on the internet, tutorials on there and just started doing it.”
Van Gelder said she worked on coming up with an idea for this year’s creation for quite a while before settling on the candy and jungle theme.
It took her parts of three days to complete the decorations. She uses an air tank to help inflate the hundreds of balloons used in the creations.
Over the past several years, she’s been able to learn better ways of constructing her decorations. At first, she used lamp stands for her columns. But, she learned that for outdoor decorations, she needed bigger, stronger bases.
“I just kind of try to improve it every year,” Van Gelder said. “I’m doing it for the kids. They really enjoy it.”