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Halloween decorations come daily for Layton family's skeletons display

By Andrew Adams, KSL TV | Posted - Oct. 7, 2018 at 5:49 p.m.

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LAYTON — Decorating a yard for Halloween can be a full day’s work, but it’s every day’s work for the Voss family.

For the past three years, TJ and Shaylee Voss have made their collection of skeletons a constantly evolving display along Gentile Street, starting in early September and counting down to Oct. 31.

“(Bicyclists) are up and down the road all day long, and I was looking at the bikers and I was like, ‘You know, I have an idea for these skeletons,’” TJ Voss said. “It kind of blossomed from there. I was like, ‘I should just change it out every day and I just continued with it.’”

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Displays so far this year have featured skeletons on a bicycle, skeletons in church, skeletons riding cars, skeletons having a barbecue and even skeletons doing the limbo.

Thursday’s display featured skeletons in a rowboat.

Voss said occasionally the displays carry a deeper meaning or message.

“I always try to say, ‘Sunday (is) family time,’ or ‘spend your time with your family,’” he said.

Voss said their yard displays have been well-received, with numerous people either slowing down to take a look or stopping to take a picture.

Some people have even taken the time to write thank-you letters.

“It just helps them have a better day,” Voss said.


The family started a Layton Skeletons Facebook page on Wednesday, which had grown to 481 likes by Sunday evening.

“If it’s something as simple as a couple skeletons outside and it makes them have a better day, it makes it great,” Voss said.


Andrew Adams


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