Edmond lady does it up big time for Halloween
EDMOND, Okla. — An Edmond woman spares no expense when it comes to Halloween.
For more than 10 years Billie Lewis has spent thousands accumulating both tricks, and treats, for her neighborhood.
Billie Lewis suffers from severe Parkinson’s and had to retire from a job she loved nearly a decade ago.
But every year she brings out the decorations and the candy for the kids just to show the community what they mean to her.
“I needed to put my creative influence into something, so I started decorating for Christmas really heavily and a little bit for Halloween. The response from the children in this neighborhood was so great for Halloween that I thought I’d add a little bit more for Halloween, a little bit more, a little bit more,” Billie Lewis says.
She makes Halloween a special event for hundreds of children every year.
Neighbors say the bright lights and elaborate decorations draw them in but it’s Billie that makes them stay.
“She’s always been the sweetest lady, you know always has the biggest smile and greatest attitude,” Billie’s neighbor, Frank Knox says.
She isn’t all treats though.
“I added lots of monsters in here to scare them it’s kind of been a treat,” Lewis says.
Billie tells me that the trick-or-treaters get to choose their treat but if they want a soft drink they’re in for a trick.
The Lewis household has always been the must see event of the Halloween season providing fond memories for those who have taken part in the celebration.
“I remember when my kids would trick or treat; it was always one of those houses that we earmarked to make sure we went by and visited and she’d always come to the door with a big smile,” Knox says.
“I love it, it’s been a real joy, I’ve enjoyed it very much,” Billie Lewis explains.
And billie tells me that every year she tells herself that will be her last year to decorate, but luckily for the kids that hasn’t happened yet.