Reporting John Lauritsen
RICHFIELD, Minn. (WCCO) – Ryan Ridgley makes no secret of his love of Halloween.
“I’d say this year the favorite is the guillotine,” Ridgley said.
In his Richfield yard, the scary and supernatural come to life. His layout is planned months in advance, and he makes most of the eerie items by hand. His Halloween perfection takes time and money.
“I can’t say the exact amount because my girlfriend will get upset,” he said. “There was a comma in it a long time ago.”
But for Ridgley, the bigger the display, the bigger the turnout. And the bigger turnouts provide more opportunity to help others.
“I thought, ‘Alright, how can I use my display for good?’” he said.
Ridgley doesn’t charge a fee to see his Halloween spectacle. Instead, he asks for costume donations.
“After Halloween, I’m going to have a bin out front at the end of my drive here, and people can come by and drop off the costumes,” he said.
The costumes will go to kids whose families can’t afford them. Ridgley was once one of these kids.
“We didn’t have a lot of money starting out when I was younger,” he said. “So I really didn’t know Halloween.”
Now an adult, he’s making up for lost time, and treating himself to helping others.
“I want to be able to provide something that a kid can go, ‘I was this last year, but I can be something else this year,’” he said.
The bin will be outside of Ridgley’s home on the 7400 block of 4th Avenue in Richfield starting the day after Halloween.
The costumes will be donated to local churches around the area.
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