Laura Perez-Fabian vividly remembers trick-or-treating as a child. She recalls “that one house” with an eerie aura and the homeowners who would go all-out with their Halloween decorations and festivities.
Today, she and her husband, Alex Fabian, cherish those childhood memories and like to help children create holiday memories of their own by going beyond typical Halloween decorations.
For seven years, the Selah couple have begun preparing for Halloween festivities as early as August, purchasing over 200 full-sized candy bars for trick-or-treaters as well as decorations and other supplies.
Each year, the decorations that overtake their home at 702 Lacey Ave. take on a different theme, such as pirates, witches or DJ skeletons. On the night of Halloween, the family plays music, projects a movie on the side of their house — one year it was “Hocus Pocus” and another year it was “The Book of Life” — and cooks food in the backyard for everyone to enjoy.
“To me, it’s a way of inviting closeness in the community,” Perez-Fabian said. “Mostly, we do it to be closer to our community and our neighbors and share something that day.”
She enjoys helping children and their families make lasting memories and giving kids something to look forward to in the midst of the school year. Being a part of creating childhood memories for kids is what motivates the family to decorate their home year after year.
In addition to the Halloween decorations, Perez-Fabian incorporates culture into the celebration. Each year, she creates an altar, or remembrance table, in honor of a loved one who has passed away.
This is done as part of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated in Mexico. The Day of the Dead, celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, is a time of remembrance for those who have died. As Perez-Fabian explained, people who observe that holiday place pictures of the deceased and items they enjoyed during their lives on a table as a tribute to them.
“Even if they’re gone, you continue to remember them. And at least once a year, you pay them those respects and think about their life.”
This year, the Fabian family plans to continue its Halloween traditions, and members already have plans in the works for the coming years. They hope that through their tradition, the family will bring their community and neighbors closer together, all while creating memories that will last a lifetime.