By John Anderson

Anyone who transverses Boyce St. in Auburn has certain expectations around the holidays. A grass full of ghouls, goblins and ghosts for Halloween; snow topped with Santas, reindeer, and elves for Christmas; and bunnies, baskets and eggs for Easter. Jim and Jackie Poulin have been decorating their front lawn for 10-12 years (the span being when a season’s displays went from a few objects to a virtual yard full).

Jackie says, “We keep getting bigger and bigger.” She noted that the animated witch on the front porch was purchased this year and is making her debut. The motorized Zombie-like character with the bloody knife came from a costume store that was closing in Lincoln Plaza a few years back. While many are inflated with air pumps, others are hand made by Jackie.

Last year some decorations were vandalized, and the couple was unsure about continuing the tradition. Their holiday enthusiasm won out and last Saturday was a day of work for Jackie, Jim and their two sons, 10 and 21, who help haul out the displays at 101A Boyce St.

For those in the neighborhood, and for those who just happen by, the Poulin front yard is something to admire and adore. What a great Halloween “spirit”! Hopefully, last year’s coward perpetrators have moved on or found a new home in West Boylston with host Sheriff Evangelidis.