BURRILLVILLE – It’s his first Halloween in his new home, a 138-year-old house on Laurel Hill Avenue, and Francisco Castilloveitia has decided to do it right.
“I really just wanted to go all out,” he told NRI NOW.
Castilloveitia has turned the front of the house into a eye-catching display of horrors that has grabbed the attention and imaginations of the neighborhood kids – making the Pascoag home the go-to stop for All Hallows’ Eve.
His partner Keith Chamberland is on board with the plan… at least mostly. The couple bought the house in January and it seems Chamberland may not have known just how festive the place might get when fall arrived.
“I was friends with Amazon and eBay,” said Castilloveitia.
“Every day I came home to find more boxes on the porch,” Chamberland said.
Castilloveitia, a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in New York, has a brother who lives just two houses down in the quiet neighborhood.
“Really, I did it for my nephews and nieces. I’m an 80s baby,” he said. “I wanted them to have that Halloween feeling. People don’t do it like this anymore.”
For Chamberland, a Burrillville Hight School graduate, buying the house was something of a homecoming, and he knows most of his neighbors. Both men work in the city –Chamberland in Providence and Castilloveitia in Boston – and say the house provides a nice getaway from the daily grind.
“It’s very relaxing,” said Castilloveitia.
“It’s nice to be out of the city,” Chamberland agreed.
For the past few months, Chamberland has arrived home to find new purchases every day.
“The boxes just kept coming,” he said.
“I got carried away,” Castilloveitia admitted. “We love it because people do stop and they take pictures.”
On Halloween, they both plan to dress up, and Chamberland’s mother has agreed to hand out candy. Even their dog has a costume.
While talking to the couple outside of the house this week, the mailman pulled up with a box from Amazon.
“It’s not…,” Chamberland stammered looking at Castilloveitia.
“It’s going to be a fun Halloween,” Castilloveitia said