You can't miss Nancy Wilkinson's house in Decatur. It's one on Adair Street with a front yard full of plastic skeletons and a hulking pirate ship.
Wilkinson loves decorating for all the holidays and her efforts have not gone unnoticed. The IT specialist at Coca-Cola won the first prize in the Spooky Patch Halloween Photo Contest for the photo she submitted of "Poker Pirates."
For her efforts, Wilkinson won everlasting glory on the internet and a $200 gift card from Patch, though she doesn't care about the fame or the money.
She decorates because it's fun and satisfies an artistic impulse in way the fine arts never have. Other efforts, such as sculpture, never came out the way she imagined.
"But give me plastic junk from China and I can go to town," she said.
She's been fixing up her yard for Halloween six or seven years and gone with the pirate theme the last three or four years. Wilkinson was also responsible for the Viking ship across the street and the skeleton jail next door, she said.
"This corner is essentially mine," she said.
Wilkinson took off the entire week from work to put up the final touches on her display. On Halloween night, 400 kids came to her front door -- for candy and an up-close look at the array of pirate skeletons.
This year, she added a new touch to the poker-playing pirates by installing computer chips that caused the skulls to swivel. But on Tuesday morning, only one head moved. The other two skeleton heads were knocked out of commission by the repeated taps of curious trick or treaters.
Other members of the family include a skeleton guzzling booze in the pool near the sidewalk, a skeleton hanging on the mailbox, one washing a skeleton dog and another sitting down reading a story.
The display will be up and running for a few more days, Wilkinson said, then will be retired. She's going with a new theme next year, but hasn't decided what direction to take yet. She knows it won't be easy making people forget the pirate skeletons.
"I've got to come out of the chute pretty spectacularly," she said.
Wilkinson's efforts also attracted the attention DETV, a new online broadcasting enterprise that is about to launch. DETV produced a video about Wilkinson as part of its soft opening. Visit the DETV website to view the video and find out a lot about Decatur's decoration queen, Nancy Wilkinson.