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Spooks and sweets in Soulard: Neighborhood welcoming trick-or-treaters Halloween night

About 100 families are participating Halloween evening. One of the highlights is a home with a working 'guillotine.'

ST. LOUIS — After you knock on all the doors in your neighborhood, Soulard is inviting trick-or-treaters to hit up dozens of homes for candy and even a few spooks.

The south city neighborhood is holding its second annual Trick or Treat Soulard event. About 100 homes will participate in the Halloween night trick-or-treating fun, which goes from 6-9 p.m.

The neighborhood has more details and a map available on its Facebook event page here.

Credit: Trick or Treat Soulard

For trick-or-treaters who are up for a bit of a fright, one of the highlights will be at 13th Street and Victor. The beautiful three-story brick home has a new addition for Halloween—a larger-than-life guillotine.

And yes, it really works.

Credit: Bill Shelton

But no, it’s not made out of steel. The Shelton family made the guillotine out of wood and finished it to look like it’s blood-stained steel. The guillotine measures 4 feet by 6 feet at the home’s entrance. Costumed kids who are brave enough to walk the 'bloody' stairs will be treated to candy that’s worth the frights.

Last year, the Sheltons fashioned their entryway to look like little ghosts and goblins were walking into a clown’s mouth. About 1,200 people stopped by their house to experience the Psycho Killer Clown Chamber. Homeowner Bill Shelton said he and his have been going over the top for Halloween since they moved to the neighborhood in 1997.

You can see the guillotine for yourself at 2423 S. 13th Street.

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