Halloween trumps Christmas for a Paradise family determined to not wastehe happy

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The Jeans families spooktacular themed costumes tradition is all about creating great memories

Rosie MullaleyPosted: Oct. 29, 2021, 8 a.m. Updated: Oct. 29, 2021, 11 a.m. 6 Min Read

Members of the Jeans family, from Anna, Katrina, Cameron, Dave, Georgia and Gracelyn, go all out for Halloween, making themed costumes an annual tradition. – Contributed

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PARADISE, N.L. Youve heard of National Lampoon Christmas Vacation? Well, meet the Griswolds of Halloween.

Dave and Katrina Jeans, along with their four kids Cameron, 17, Georgia, 16, Anna, 11, Gracelyn, 10 of Paradise have made Halloween one of the biggest and most highly anticipated days of the year.

We go all out, Katrina Jeans said. Its more exciting than Christmas for us.

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Not only do they go to great lengths to decorate their house inside and out, but the family also garners plenty of attention in the neighbourhood for their elaborate themed costumes and Halloween kids parties.

In each of the last number of years, the five work together months in advance to choose a different themed costume and dress up for a neighbourhood reveal on party day.

From evil jesters, prisoners, Suicide Squad (DC comic characters) and zombies, the Jeans family of Paradise go all out to come up with ideas as themed costumes for Halloween. – Contributed

We have numerous discussions throughout the year and we dont tell anyone (what theme it will be), so its a big surprise to everyone when they show up, Katrina said.

The kids are bouncing off the walls counting down the days

They act out their roles too and its so cute to see the practise their expressions.

From zombies and evil jesters, steampunk, Suicide Squad (DC comic characters) and a prison theme to this years Semi-Pro theme, a homage to the 2008 Will Ferrell basketball film with Dave and Cameron dressed as players, Katrina and Georgia as cheerleaders, Anna as a coach and Gracelyn, a referee.

What started as a whimsical idea one Halloween almost a decade ago has since become a thrilling family tradition.

We just love the whole process , said Katrina, a kindergarten teacher, who also plans the party games, including pumpkin carving and balloon shaving. I think Dave and I love it even more than the kids

As soon as one Halloween is over, right away were thinking about what we can do for the next one.

The idea has caught on in the neighbourhood, with families also dressing as a theme. This year, one family showed up as characters of Grease, while another came as circus characters.

It was awesome, Katrina said. Its a great way to bring everyone together Its just pure joy.

Dave admits hes the most pumped up about the tradition and gets many of the ideas online.

Surprisingly, we come to an agreement pretty easily on who wears what costume, said Dave, who said they buy their costumes locally and online. Its great that they get to show their own little personalities in each of the characters.

Dave admits Halloween was never a big deal to him as a young adult, but was encouraged in his 20s by his friend Jody, who passed away of colon cancer.

He had this saying, Do not waste the happy. Even at his sickest, hed still want to dress up as a duo, he said. I was determined to continue that with my family.

He said hes glad he can have so much fun with the family.

I love that were passing on a joyful tradition for our kids, said Dave, a child psychologist. Its really important for us to give our kids the filing cabinet of happy memories, so they can pull out one like this when they get older

They can point to this (dressing up for Halloween) as a memory of us having fun and bonding over being silly.

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