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Updated: 11/15/2013 12:48:34PM

Punta Gorda’s dark Side

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SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

The dead come alive on Halloween in Downtown Punta Gorda, where thousands of people descend each year to trick-or-treat and marvel at the homes decked out in spooky decorations.

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

A zombie bride greets visitors to Lucy and Bob Paolicelli's home on Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda's historic district. At night, the ghoulish bride is lit up in green lighting, making her appear as if she's floating through the air.

The Paolicellis spend about a month decorating their house and each year they agonize over what new and spooky things they can add.

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

Forty-two glowing pumpkins, large and small, will welcome trick-or-treaters tonight at this house on Marion Avenue. Thousands of people each year roam the streets of Punta Gorda's Historic District to take in the decorations and gather treats on the busiest day of the year downtown.

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The graveyard in the front yard of this house in Punta Gorda's Historic District gives passersby the willies as they walk by. Bloody heads and rising dead top off the experience.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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PUNTA GORDA — Lucy Paolicelli and her husband, Bob, believe everyone has a shadow side.

Some use theirs for evil. Others for fun. In the Paolicellis’ case, the shadow expresses itself every Halloween as a wicked horror show filled with rats, corpses, fake guts and bottled blood that leave people gasping — and begging for more.

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