Two newlyweds were so excited for Halloween they dressed up their first home as a monster to scare trick or treaters.
Kelsey and Jesse Calise decided to do something ‘spooky and special’ after they bought their first home as a married couple.
Artist Kelsey, 31, was inspired to make an original design, sketching out a cartoonish set of monster teeth.
She and builder husband Jesse, 37, set to work after finding spare plywood at work, and spent seven hours one weekend making the teeth.
Kelsey coloured in the teeth and gums using interior house paint – and sat back as Jesse screwed the designs into the balcony.
She said that she was ‘excited to get trick or treaters’ for the first time.
Kelsey added: ‘We may have dropped a couple onto the front garden and crushed some plants – but hey, that’s the price you pay when you want a monster house!
‘It was also a really great way to meet some of our new neighbours who stopped to watch as we set up the gnarly monster teeth.
‘One woman cheered from her window – “you gotta enjoy your life!”
‘Now we’re just so excited to get trick or treaters! In all the years we’ve lived in apartments, we’ve never had a single kid come to the door.
‘This year will surely be different, and we just can’t wait.’
Kelsey married Jesse in October 2018, and moved into their lovely new home in Baltimore, Maryland last May.
Having always loved Halloween, Kelsey wanted to set up a monster house to attract trick or treaters and meet the neighbours.
Though Jesse is less keen on the spooky season, Kelsey said ‘he loves me, and I love Halloween – so that counts for something’.
She added: ‘He definitely had a blast working on these decorations!’
Kelsey’s already thinking ahead to next year, and wants to add a set of bulging eyes in the windows and a tongue down the front porch.
She said: ‘I’m thinking of splurging and hooking up some speakers and getting some growling or heavy breathing audio clips.’
Kelsey also revealed she’s planning for Christmas, adding: ‘I feel like I’ll need to step up for Christmas too, but not sure how yet.
‘My husband shot down my idea to leave the teeth up and just add a Santa hat.’
‘The possibilities are endless.’
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