A sign on the gate in front of the two-story house reads: “Warning, unattended children will be captured and used for medical experiments."

“Help me” is written in what appears to be blood on a window with red hand prints that look like someone has been pounding on the window from the inside.

Skeletons are out of the closet and in front yards around Carlton County as Halloween draws near.

Cloquet residents Tom and Brenda Risdon began decorating their yard at 109 13th St. for Halloween 20 years ago. Halloween is Brenda's favorite holiday and also her birthday month.

Tom makes many of the props, including the false facade on the house.

Hundreds of people make the trek to see what has been added to the creepy scene each year.

Amanda Agurkis has her skeletons out of the closet and in the front yard again this year. Last year she decided to have a "31 Days of Halloween". She amused neighbors with her different set ups, including 3 Blind Mice and Grease. Her address is 3747 Main Street, Barnum. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Amanda Agurkis has her skeletons out of the closet and in the front yard again this year. Last year she decided to have a "31 Days of Halloween". She amused neighbors with her different set ups, including 3 Blind Mice and Grease. Her address is 3747 Main Street, Barnum. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

In Barnum, Mark and Amanda Agurkis has skeletons crawling up the outside of their home at 3747 Main St. The yard gained attention in 2018 when Amanda decided to have “31 Days of Halloween." Each day she changes the skeleton crew in her front yard to depict different scenes. Last year included "Three Blind Mice" and "Grease."

Other homes around Carlton County are also getting in the spirit of the holiday sporting festive orange lights and gravestones with humorous sayings.

Another backyard Halloween experience includes scary scenes at Glenda Miller's home, 837 Hawthorne St., Cloquet. The display is open from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26.