To say that Sam Jacks and fiancée Tara Jones are into horror movies and all things ghost- and Halloween-related is something of an understatement.
Jacks has a picture of Frankenstein's bride tattooed on his arm, and Tara has a tattoo of Frankenstein. Jacks also is getting the "Creature of the Black Lagoon" inked on his knee.
They watch their favorite Halloween movie, "Trick 'R Treat" several times during October "to pump us up," Jacks said. The 2007 movie tells five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween.
And they have tote after plastic tote filled with decorations in their basement that they haul out at Halloween, a season that Jacks describes as "the most wonderful time of the year in the Jacks household."
Because their son, Jagger, is just 6 years old, they keep their outdoor display more on the cheery side, with a minimum of gore and blood.
Their signature decoration is a line of jack-o-lanterns placed side-by-side on their lawn next to the foundation planting bed. Jacks calls it their "Jacks-o-lanterns."
The couple uses patterns and the specially-made, but inexpensive, carving tools to create favorite characters, such as nearly everyone from the cast of "Ghostbusters."
This year they made their own patterns by importing images into a computer program, drawing "what would be feasible with a pumpkin," and printing out designs they could use like stencils, drawing lines on the pumpkins with a pen.
Jacks, 29, is the digital media manager at 7G Distributing, Davenport, and said "drawing has been in my blood since I was a little kid."
Among the pumpkin creations for 2017 are five characters from "Ghostbusters"; Slappy from "Night of the Living Dummy," one of the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine; Sam from "Trick 'R' Treat"; Frankenstein, and Spider-Man. The latter is their son's favorite.
In carving, the couple cuts out the bottom instead of the top of the pumpkin so as to give themselves more surface area for making a face.
And in buying, they have found a place off Wisconsin Avenue, north of Kimberly Road in Davenport, at which the pumpkins are sold on the honor system, with a container for money.
"You pick your own, and it's a great deal," Jacks said. In addition to buying local, "I love the fact that there's still somebody with a little faith in humanity."
Elsewhere, there is an assortment of decorations, nearly all home-made except for the inflatables Slimer and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from "Ghostbusters."
If you're sensing a "Ghostbusters" slant here, you're right. "I've been a die-hard 'Ghostbusters' fan since I was 3,' Jacks said. "Anything 'Ghostbusters,' I just pick it up immediately."
Elsewhere there are road signs pointing to scary places such as the Bates Motel from "Psycho," and cutout characters such as Pennywise the clown, from the movie "It," based on a Stephen King novel.
Although the two-dimensional cutouts may look store-bought, they are not. Jacks made them himself by printing off the images, affixing them to corrugated board, cutting them out and staking them on the lawn with rebar.
"I like that it is something unique to us," he said.
And at night, the whole display is lighted in green.