Vickie Black is known as “the Queen of Halloween” at Kil-kare Speedway and Drag Strip, where her frighteningly authentic decorations are harbingers of the holiday.
Black is the caretaker at the Xenia Twp. motor racing destination on Dayton-Xenia Road.
While she runs a cleaning business by day, at night she spends hours in her “she shed” creating what she calls her “Munsters,” according to Kil-kare Owner Dave Coterel.
“She’s got hundreds of hours in creating these different ‘Munsters,’” Coterel said. “They’re really life-like. We have people stopping off the bike path all the time and taking pictures of them.”
Black said she still has the first witch she created about 30 years ago. It’s not on display yet, but others are, including her 7-foot-tall headless horseman and “Granny in a rocking chair, who owns a mean cat.”
“All of them are my favorites and they all have a little story to tell,” Black said.
Black said she creates the bodies for the creatures using fence posts and pvc pipe. She gets her masks and outfits from friends and has received some gifts from Foy’s Halloween Store in Fairborn.
Assembling the parts is a nightly ritual and “just fun to do,” Black said.
“If I get home from work around 3 or 4, sometimes if I’m working on something new I’m in there until 3 or 4 in the morning putting them together,” she said. “I enjoy doing it for the kids ... It makes me feel good.”
Black’s ghoulish creatures are planted all over the Kil-kare property, peeking between trees and standing guard by the main office, along the bike path and parking lot.
Brave souls can get close to Black’s creations this weekend during events scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Racing is weather dependent, but the “Trailer to Trailer Trunk or Treat” event starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and will happen rain or shine.
Admission is $10. For more information, visit kilkare.com or call (937) 429-2961.
Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.