BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Nestled in a quiet Millerville neighborhood is a grim reminder that everyone has a dark side.
Groans and screams spill from the cemetery in LaDonna Woolley's front yard. Skeletons crawl from shallow graves. A widow weeps over a closed coffin and a ghoulish monster digs a fresh burial plot for his next victim. It's clear, Woolley's dark side is darker than most. She and her family have been adding to the Halloween display for ten years now. "We had a blast out here, putting this together." she says with a sinister chuckle.
The self-proclaimed cemetery stylist makes no bones about it, Halloween is her favorite time of the year. As September draws to a close, Woolley and her fiancé can be seen driving neighborhoods in search of dead plants other gardeners throw out. She's even been known to haul away and re-plant dead trees. Then she prunes them and hangs black birds and bats like Christmas ornaments.
"We also do Christmas pretty big." Woolley says, "Of course, this is the biggest one. I enjoy trying to be creative with things that are a little bit out of the ordinary."
And while what is in her yard may make you smile with thoughts of tricks and treats, what's inside will chill your bones.
Spider webs drape the entry to her foyer where calls from the grave scream from an antique telephone. Trick mirrors flash horrific masks. And a witch with a Ouija board dare you to sit for a reading. But it's all just a warm-up for what waits in Woolley's sitting room – a real coffin – complete with a jaundiced body. (The body is fake.) Woolley has not one, but two coffins. The second holds a decaying infant. "My kids tell me I'm a little morbid for doing that." says Woolley. Just a bit.
But all terror aside, for Woolley, Halloween is about fun, even if it is a little dark.
If you're looking for a fright Halloween night, Woolley's house is located on Lakemont Drive off of Old Hammond Highway near Millerville. And if you'd like to share your own Halloween decorations, send your pictures to