WILTON — Bright, expressive candy corn faces mingle amongst the tombstones, black cats and pumpkins in the front yard of Lincoln and Hazel Flagg.
Something new is added each year, Hazel Flagg said of their Weld Road property. They are already planning to add more ghosts and crows next year.
A Bigfoot silhouette is posted next to the garage door. The Grim Reaper stands by the door to their home. Bats, birds, a large rat and cat are displayed around their yard.
For nearly 10 years, Lincoln Flagg has created holiday decorations to go along with the moose, deer and dog silhouettes posted around the yard.
Next month, it will be a scarecrow and turkeys, followed by a gingerbread village for Christmas, then snowmen. Bunnies go up for Easter, she said.
“The kids love it,” she said. “The kids on the school bus eye it on their way through.”
Adults enjoy it just as much, often stopping to buy a piece, she said.
Duplicate skeletons of the one sitting on the throne in the graveyard have made their way to Florida and Arizona. Tourists staying at the Wilson Inn have driven up to see their displays, she said.
Birds and other lawn ornaments are often purchased by people on their way to Weld, she said.
But it is a hobby, not a business, Lincoln said.
Using a pattern and a jigsaw, he cuts out the figures, some with intricate details, and hand-paints the pieces.
“I never took a painting class. I just picked it up,” he said.
Sometimes, he follows color suggestions offered on the pattern. A unique facial expression is painted on each piece of candy corn.
After retiring from a 36-year career with G.H. Bass, Lincoln Flagg did yard work for a few years.
Now, while Hazel goes off to Homemaker’s Extension, Grange or one of other groups she belongs to, he goes to his workshop.
“I do it off and on when I get the urge,” he said.
Some projects such as the cemetery gate take days, even weeks, to complete. The candy corn figures just an hour or so, he said.
A longtime woodworker, he makes cribbage boards and lighthouses, which the couple sells at craft fairs. He also makes plant stands, end tables and Adirondack chairs, she said. He re-canes wooden rockers with colorful macrame yarn.
With four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, family members help the couple set up the displays.
“It’s really his project,” Hazel said. “I just help tell him where to put this and where to put that.”