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Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Mia Parker, Emerson Beck

Mia Parker and Emerson Beck

Mia Parker goes all out for Halloween. We’re talking intricately designed scenes that play out each fall in her yard. The stars are her skeletons. She dresses and arranges them in creative ways, complete with snarky signs. This year, one sign read “Halloween Group Therapy.” Sitting in chairs were skeletons holding signs: “I fly off the handle” (a skeleton dressed as a witch); “I’ve got nobody!”; and “I’m stressed out from being an Astros fan!” Before Halloween, neighbor Emerson Beck, 11, stopped by Mia’s home on a walk. The Beck family was giggling over Mia’s “Killer selfie” tree (“Pick a weapon and take a selfie,” the sign encouraged. On the tree hung skeletons dressed as ominous characters such as the Grim Reaper and Freddy Krueger). Emerson told Mia how much she loves her decorations, and Mia invited her to join in. The next morning, Mia opened her mailbox to find a note addressed to “The neighbor who does the skeletons,” asking if she could help. Mia was delighted. The two spent hours working together; Emerson took ownership of hot-glueing coins onto a treasure chest. Mia plans all year for Halloween, collecting items left on the side of the road – even an old toilet. “I think you should be silly your whole life,” she said. For photos of Mia’s skeletons and other Halloween photos, see “Halloween 2021: All Treats!.” 

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