Spellbinding Halloween display invites trick-or-treaters

  • Halloween decorations on display at the home of Victor and Betsy (Haggett) Moschella on Meadow Lane in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTOs/DAN LITTLE

  • Halloween decorations on display at the home of Victor and Betsy (Haggett) Moschella on Meadow Lane in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Halloween decorations on display at the home of Victor and Betsy (Haggett) Moschella on Meadow Lane in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Halloween decorations on display at the home of Victor and Betsy (Haggett) Moschella on Meadow Lane in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Halloween decorations on display at the home of Victor and Betsy (Haggett) Moschella on Meadow Lane in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/29/2019 10:09:00 PM

GREENFIELD — A giant spider with piercing red eyes sits in her web, waiting. A skeleton surrounds himself with black flamingos. In a graveyard just feet away, one of many gravestones reads, “Izzy Dead Yet,” and another, “Claire Voyant never saw it coming.”

Victor and Betsy (Haggett) Moschella are spending their first Halloween as Greenfield residents trying to put a smile on people’s faces — and, yes, trying to put a little scare in their lives at the same time.

“I started doing Halloween displays when my daughters were young,” Victor Moschella said. “We lived in New Jersey and just moved here in April after I retired. It’s my wife’s parents’ house. She grew up here.”

Betsy Moschella is the daughter of Dr. Everett W. Haggett, who died in November 2015 at the age of 85. The two bought their new home from his estate.

Victor Moschella said his daughters are grown and on their own now, but the fun he and his wife have had over the years with their Halloween displays hasn’t diminished.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years,” he laughed. “I’ve had to redo the tombstones a couple of times.”

Victor Moschella said he really loves the spider, though it’s the most difficult part of the display.

“It has been modified over the years,” he said.

The couple used to live on a street near a grammar school in New Jersey, so they had a lot of foot traffic on Halloween, as well as the week or two leading up to it. Now, they’re on Meadow Lane in what many people refer to as the “meadows” of Greenfield, where there’s not a lot of traffic, foot or vehicle. So, it’s mostly his neighbors that are enjoying the display for now, but he said he’s hoping people drive out on Halloween night with their children.

“I love watching the reactions,” he said. “It’s a great holiday to be a little scared, but at the same time laugh at yourself for being so.”

He said putting up the spider and her web was especially difficult this year, because the winds were stronger than what he’s used to.

“It’s gone down a couple of times and I’ve had to fix it,” he said.

Then again, he said Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc with her a few years ago in New Jersey.

Victor Moschella said his new neighbor, Will, calls the spider Spidey.

“It has just been such a positive experience,” he said. “I’ve always tried to not make my display gruesome or horrific. It’s supposed to be fun, though a giant spider can be a little scary.”

He said he’ll put up a Christmas display this year, too, but it won’t be quite as elaborate as the Halloween one.

Reach Anita Fritz at
413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.




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