Madison VonHiltmayer ‘18 & Megan Bieganski ‘18: Every year thousands of people from all over the state venture down TiIlson Street to see spine-chilling, hair raising, elaborate decorations of the houses on the street. From creepy clowns, dolls, ghosts, and skeletons, to terrifying playgrounds, pirate ships, saloons and masquerade balls, you name it, they have it. However, many people don’t realize how much planning, hard work, and money goes into decorating each house.
“Usually, about the second week of October we start setting up, by the following week mostly everyone else is done,” Chloe Alverson ‘17 said. “On Halloween night things get really crazy, we have around 3,000 trick or treaters, so we have to buy huge bags of candy at Costco.”
Many other interesting events occur on Tillson Street throughout the month of October as well.
For instance, The Dance Studio performs a special routine each year. The dancers dress up in unique costumes that match the theme of their dance.
“We are dancing every fifteen minutes from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on the 29th and 30th,” Leanna Harris ‘18 said. “We are dancing to Thriller this year and there’s always a huge crowd. Usually, all the dancers walk around the street and emerge from the crowd so it’s like a flashmob, people never see it coming. It’s fun because a lot of little kids get all into it and we play around with them.”
Needless to say, Tillson is much more than a street full of Halloween decorations, they are people from the Romeo community coming together to help others around them.
Every year, the weekend before Halloween, they allow children from, “Kids Kicking Cancer,” to walk down the street and trick or treat. The kids arrive in adorable costumes with joyful spirits, anxiously waiting to have fun and collect candy down the famous Tillson Street.
The people of Tillson also sell shirts to the several visitors as a souvenir. Vicki Lee, leader and designer of the shirts, comes up with a new design every year. This fall, the shirts are black, representing all of Romeo’s State championships, with a spooky twist. The money made off of the shirts are put to good use and given back to those in need. Some of the profit goes to, “The Wounded Warrior Project,” which provides free services and program for Veterans. Some of the money also goes towards scholarships and families who can not afford the, “Pay to Play,” policy at Romeo schools. This act of kindness is quite extraordinary and hits close to home for many.
Being such an iconic, well known place in, Tillson Street brings so much positivity and togetherness to the small town of Romeo.