Scares and Science: Engineering a Happy Halloween

Created: October 31, 2019 10:19 PM

The grave stone project has made a Two Harbors 6th grade teacher's home the most popular Halloween stop in town.


Mrs. Uremovich began the project in 2014 as a way to combine the engineering unit of the science curriculum with one of her favorite holidays. The students work in groups on a grave stone that they design and build. Pulleys, motors, and levers bring the stones to life.

Once they're completed in the classroom, the animated grave stones get moved to Mrs. Uremovich's front yard where they complement the rest of the decorations that adorn exterior of the house.

Uremovich said, "We've always liked Halloween, so we've always decorated a lot. And our whole block gets into Halloween, so it's kind of a great neighborhood for kids to trick-or-treat in."

The students bring their families to the Uremovich home to admire their handy work on Halloween night. As the community continued to buzz about the spectacle each year, the Uremovich's trick-or-treaters began to number around 3 or 4 hundred.

In addition to the decorations, children line up to ride a zip line that runs across the lawn. And new this year, the Uremovich's added live entertainment to the appeal.

Carrie Bolle's daughter Belle is a 6th grader this year. Carrie said, "We moved here a couple of years ago and we just drive by and it really draws in the attention of everybody and it's kind of fun to be a part of it this year with the grave stones."

The trick-or-treaters gathering at the home include younger kids who are already thinking ahead to what they'll craft in 6th grade. 5th grader Owen Nelson said, "I think I might do something scary like Pennywise or Chucky."

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