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In the spirit
Bernhardts go all out for Halloween
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Tish and Andy Bernhardt stand in front of their newest Halloween inflatable – the fun house. In the background you can see their front porch decorated with pumpkins, ghosts and witches. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Tish Bernhardt has the Halloween spirit. Just drive by her house on 430 Old Shelbyville Road and you’ll see her front porch decorated with pumpkins, flying ghosts and scarecrows.

If you drive by at night, that’s when it’s really magical. Tish’s yard transforms into an eerie Halloween scene as it lights up and music plays. From the street, you’ll see five giant inflatables in her yard – a pumpkin patch, stacked pumpkins with a witch’s hat, a reaper, a ghoul and a fun house arch with a creepy clown.

“I love the weather, the leaves and the way this time of year makes you feel,” explained Tish. “I notice people slowing down when they pass my house and turning around to come back by to get a better look at all my decorations.”

Each year she adds to her collection from Halloween stores and places like Lowe’s and Old Time Pottery. The inside of her home is decked out in Halloween and fall décor as well with skulls and a life-size witch in the kitchen. 

Not only is Halloween Tish’s favorite holiday, but her anniversary is on Oct. 29, which she said is close enough. In fact, when Tish and her husband, Andy, decided to get married two years ago, they didn’t tell any of their guests beforehand.

“I don’t like being the center of attention and I didn’t want anyone to feel like they had to buy us gifts so we didn’t tell anybody and asked everyone to dress up,” chuckled Tish. “We already had the preacher here and we got married under those trees and everyone was really surprised.”

Every year Tish throws a Halloween party the last week in October for family and friends.

“It’s your time to get creative and have fun with your family,” said Tish. “This year, our family will be dressing up as characters from the TV show Stranger Things.”

Added Andy, “We typically have traditional fall festivities and games like bobbing for apples and a hayride for the kids and a bonfire. We’ll also have the UT game on with plenty of good food.”

Both the Bernhardts encouraged everyone to enjoy the season and if you want to see their Halloween décor, simply drive by their house for a peek.