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Mat's Halloween Yard

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I live in Nambour in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Waiting for The Great Pumpkin
Halloween, Jack Skellington, Nightmare Before Christmas
Mat Jones and Jack Skellington can't wait for Oct. 31

Many people spend months preparing their Christmas yard decorations, but for Brisbane illustrator Mat Jones, Halloween is the holiday to look forward to.

"I guess I'm just a big kid at heart," laughs Mat. "I can't wait for Halloween to roll round every year. When my sister and I were kids back in the 80s, we'd go Trick or Treating before it was even a thing here."

He also lived in the USA for a while, and fell in love with the way Americans go all-out to celebrate this fun holiday.

Mat, who makes the decorations for his yard himself, is planning a "Nightmare Before Christmas" theme for 2015.

One of this year's decorations

"I'm going for cute-scary this year", explains Mat. "Last year I think my display might have been a bit too real for some of the very young kids."

Lighting plays a big part in Mat's displays, with UV glow paint added to his repertoire this year.

Mat loves Halloween so much that this year he collaborated with author Lauren Carr to produce and print a children's picture book, "Halloweena the Pumpkin Princess". The story is about a little girl and her "monster" friends. With illustrations inspired by old black and white movies (another of Mat's passions), "Halloweena the Pumpkin Princess" is a fun book with a positive message for kids about friendship and acceptance.

Pages from "Halloweena"

Mat is delighted that Halloween is gaining in popularity in Australia.
I'm hoping for more viewers and Trick or Treaters this year", says Mat. "I'd love to see more people decorating their yards and dressing up."

Are you in the running to be Brisbane's biggest Halloween fan?

Comment below with your plans for celebrating on Saturday October 31 this year!

Halloween, Jack Skellington, Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington rehearsing for October 31

Mat's Halloween yard display can be viewed from dusk to 9pm on Saturday 31 October 2015 at 63 Liverpool Road, Clayfield

Signed copies of "Halloweena the Pumpkin Princess" can be bought for $10 each plus $2.50 postage by emailing Mat at

Ready for Halloween!

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When: from dusk to 9pm on Saturday 31 October 2015
Where: 63 Liverpool Road, Clayfield
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I'll be honest. I expected more, was barely anything, maybe 3 or 4 cardboard cut outs and a jack skeleton
by Hayle (score: 0|2) 1420 days ago
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