By Jackson Sveen

HUNTERSVILLE – As a witch brews a wicked potion, Frankenstein’s monster and his bride greet trick-or-treaters at the house down the street. A ghost spins around a creepy mansion’s chimney and a group of skeletons ride a ghoulish merry-go-round.

These scenes are part of the spooky Halloween village that Sam Pesner and his wife, Mary, have created at their home for the past decade.

As expected, the Pesners are really into decorating for many of the holiday seasons.  They create villages for Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and July 4.

Pesner created his first Halloween village in September 2001, when he was living in New York.

“This actually helped me when I was working. I was a 911 dispatcher and that’s a very stressful job,” he said. “Putting up the villages, cutting the holes to hide the wires and all that was relaxing, it was very therapeutic.”

When the U.S. was attacked on Sept. 11, the Pesners saw the village as a chance to reach out to their neighbors and try to take away some of the stress.

Now retired, the Pesners still enjoy creating the holiday scenes. Their neighbors anticipate seeing the villages, which are free to the public and don’t have specific viewing hours. If they are home, the public can visit the Pesners and their villages at 8214 Bridgegate Drive, Huntersville.

Once the Halloween village is dismantled, Sam Pesner will begin working on the Christmas village that is nearly twice the size of the spooky set.

“The charge that I get out of it, is seeing someone walk out with a smile on their face,” Pesner said. “To me that makes it all worth while.”