Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Returning home from trick or treating as a 10-year-old in 1993, Woskov learned that the simple, commercial decorations he bought that year were enjoyed by the kids who came to his house on Ledgewood Drive. He determined to get more the next year, and the year after that, soon using his engineering skills to build more and more complex figures that populate Bedford’s Haunted Driveway.
The result of 25 years of perfecting his craft for Bedford’s Haunted Driveway, Woskov recently became a Halloween entrepreneur, selling some of his effects, to home haunts and promoters around New England through his website www.haunteddriveway.com and on eBay.
All of the Haunted Driveway’s moving pieces are computer controlled, and Woskov can remotely control the figures’ responses to assure the maximum surprise for his visitors.
This year’s newest animatronic is a raggedy pumpkin-headed scarecrow who lunges 7 feet forward, out of the darkness to grab at visitors walking along the safe side of a fence at the edge of the driveway. One of the oldest figures uses a pneumatic cannister to pop the top of a ‘toxic waste’ bin, revealing a character rising out of the dark.
Although married and living outside Bedford, Woskov returns each year to decorate the driveway in the house where he grew up, continuing to entertain neighborhood ghosts and ghouls.
And there’s a bit of candy to reward the intrepid souls who make it to the end of the Haunted Driveway!