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Artist Teresa Parod is beloved on Thayer Street for her summer’s work painting extravagant garage door murals.

Come fall, the creative energy she once used to make costumes for her children and their friends she now turns to decorating her yard for Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Recycled alley finds like plastic milk jugs become marigolds and crows and discarded window screens support skeletons.

For 15 years, she has filled her yard with the spirits of the season, brightly colored by day with the paint left over from the garage doors and lit at night by hundreds of lights.

In a new twist, this year the decorations have spilled over into neighbors’ yards. And because of the pandemic, Ms. Parod will be sending treats down a slide she found – in an alley, of course.


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