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14 Thursday, October 23, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Sports West Yamaha '98 Yamaha A,T, Vs are here Banshees Warriors [] Blasters All New 600 Grizzly 198 Yzs- 80s \\; I I =250s00 Delivery available [] Service on all makes & models 702 -221-9762 A haunted Halloween by Patti Babcock PVG Staff Screams, screeches and shrieks sound from every curve and comer of Ed and Norrell Bishop's scary "Halloween Haunted Yard." Looking for thrills and chills on the spooky day, actually seven spooky days, 7800 South Wildhorse in Pahrump is the place. Everyone is welcome to share in the hair-raising excite- ment at the Bishop brother's fifth annual outdoor Halloween exhibit. Kids get treats as well as frights. Dracula stands at the gate daring Hal- loween revelers to enter the Haunted Yard. Watch your neck as you sneak past. Made it. The guy hanging at the gallows just inside the gate wasn't so lucky. Look away. Oh no! Here's an ugly witch creature with a huge snake. Don't mess with her. Ghosts loom from stairways, and one is flying from a flag pole. Mr. Bones rattles his skeletal body while a scary ghoul wields a nasty hatchet. The guillotine falls and startled viewers scream as the luckless woman's sev- ered head falls into a bucket. Ugh. Near the beheaded woman, a man is stretched on a rack. Ouch. Beware the gardener. He just disemboweled a foe with his lethal hoe. Gravestones recall witches (orie named Bridget Bishop, a relative?) and murders. A grave digger is at work. A skeleton in an open casket makes you wonder if he is burying or exhuming the dead. Best to move on. Help! The devil has caught the baby in a lawnmower, and another diabolical creature creeps from the cellar with a big axe in his hand. Was his victim the ghoulish guy on a bike holding his bloody head in his hand? A Frankenstein-like giant rests his wine bottle on a monster size chair as he calmly observes the horrendous scene. The Haunted Yard has giant spiders with webs everywhere. Don't get caught. There are too many terrifying creatures in unex- pected places to see them all the first time. Who cares? You rush toward the exit where a hook-nosed witch sits with her cauldron. You pause to put a donation in the pot for the Service Assistance Program (SAP) an organi- zation that helps feed Pahrump's needy at Halloween and all year long. Your heart beat has slowed, but you're still tingling with excitement. Why not see what you missed? Pulling your shirt around your neck you head for Dracula. Ed Bishop says he has been fascinated with Halloween since he was five. He has been assembling Halloween displays and host- ing parties for about 15 years. Eight years ago, Ed and his brother Norrell moved to Pahrump where they live on adjoining two and a half acre plots. The Haunted Yard where the Pampas Grass plumes are daubed with orange and stuffed pumpkin bags line the driveway is on Ed's land. Pahrump's largest pumpkin, eight and one half feet tall and eight feet wide, sits on top of a 20 foot structure on Norrelrs property. The brothers, with help from a few friends and their parents who travel from Colorado every year for the fun, spend three weeks assembling the haunting display. "We add something new every year, Ed says. "The giant is one of several new additions this year." A Halloween party guest suggested open- ing the display to the public. They did. Atten- dance has grown from 40 people five years ago to about 700 last year. A friend suggested they charge admission. Instead, the Bishops decided to ask for donations. One hundred percent of the donations go to SAP. The display is open daily from Thursday, October 23 through Friday, October 31, ex- cept Wednesday, october 29, when it is closed for a private party. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The outdoor exhibit may be closed dur- ing rain or high winds. If you have questions, call Ed Bishop at 727-6948. Sales - Service - Parts - Accessories Hours M-F 9-6, Sat, 9-5 6545 W, Sahara, Las Vegas The Death Valley Chamber of Commerce presents Oeath Valley Fall Festival ovember 1 st and 2nd, 1 997 ,00j00000000lrdr0000alifo rn ia Two days of Music, Entertainment, Great Food and Exploring the Vast Death Valley Desert. Be there for great Family Fun! Featuring: Death Valley Back Roads Bike Race Main Street Parade Open Air Market Shoshone Craft Show Unique & Antique Car Show Deep Pit Mesquite BBQ Guided 4 wheel drive caravan Old Spanish Trail Ride BonFire Volksmarch Friends of Bill W. Meeting Performances by: Southern Nevada Bluegrass Wild West Vignette, Frontiersmen Red Rock Mountain Boys, Traditional Dance & Drumming by Red Tail Master of Ceremonies Lance Alexander Nevada Silver Tappers Magic by Victor Kent Country Attitudes & Hoot-N- Holler, Death Valley Gems & Minerals Show AND MUCH MORE! To sign up or for more information contact the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce 760852-4524 or write P.O. Box 157, Shoshone, CA 92384 FAX 760-852-4414