Halloween display is blown out of proportion Giant balloon figures adorn Rodgers Forge yard


Ron Covington is giving his Rodgers Forge neighbors a Halloween with a pop.

Mr. Covington is a balloon sculptor. He blows up balloons and builds figures with them.

Neighborhood youngsters yesterday were crowded around his front yard in the 400 block of Dumbarton Road to stare at three dinosaurs and a witch Mr. Covington had created.

"I just decided to do something friendly for Halloween," said Mr. Covington, who operates a plumbing business from his home. "Kids really love this stuff and I get a kick out of watching them. It's tough being a kid now."

Mr. Covington said he got into balloons several years ago when his son Chris, now 16, asked for a book on balloon sculpture.

"He couldn't blow them up, so I tried it and found out I had a talent for making them into interesting figures," he said.

"Quite overwhelming," said his son as he surveyed the rubbery creatures, which are braced against the wind by a metal frame. "I still can't blow them up."

Mr. Covington and his wife, Lisa, pass out about $50 worth of sweets each Halloween and draw a crowd every year with their displays. "My neighbors probably hate me," he said.

The largest dinosaur is made from 500 orange balloons and is about 30 feet long and 14 feet tall. The display includes a witch done in black and orange, clutching a balloon broom.

Mr. Covington also dresses as Woody the Clown, and performs regularly for charitable organizations. He will portray a toy soldier Dec. 10 as part of the Christmas show at the White House.

What will Mr. Covington do with his clever Halloween creations when the party is over?

"Invite the neighbors over and pop 'em," he said.

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