Abbey, Graveyard Tombstones Haunts Neighbors

It’s October and it’s that time of month when residential homes and yard in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood transform into haunted houses and cemeteries.

The nationally recognized Davis Graveyard elaborate haunted graveyard scene by Ardenwald’s co-chair Jeff Davis and board member at-large Chris Davis, is up for community enjoyment.

New this year is the  full size abbey that replaces the church facade and added a few new tombstones.

The new abbey footprint occupies much of the driveway and that left no room for any dance performances. The Milwaukie High School Dance Team will not be performing the “Thriller” dance this year.

The Davis Graveyard is also not holding an open house event this year.

Display lights will be on nightly from dusk to 10 p.m. (until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) until Nov. 4th. The full effects will be on Friday through Sunday only (weather permitting—check the FaceBook page for updates).

S.E. 43rd St. will be closed between S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd. and S.E. Roswell St. to motorized traffic on Halloween night only. Vehicle access will be granted for residents on the closed section of S.E. 43rd Ave.

The Milwaukie High School Dance Team will be selling snacks and hot beverages on Halloween night.

In another area of Ardenwald, Bishop Cemetery is another elaborate haunted cemetery display along S.E. 32nd Ave. near S.E. Kelvin St. There is no parking along S.E. 32nd Ave., so walking or bicycling to Bishop Cemetery is recommended.

Photo: Tombstones and boarded windows brings a haunting feel for the visitors at Davis Graveyard in 2010.  By Bryan Dorr.