Most Extra Parents is a new video series from Babble, profiling parents from around the world who go the “extra” mile for their kids, in every sense of the word. This week, we’re spotlighting the Barcello family from Oceanside, California, who take millennial parenting to the next level.
With Halloween fast approaching, most parents are scrambling to whip up last-minute costumes for their kids and stock up on candy. Then, if there’s enough time, maybe they’ll throw a pumpkin or two out on the front step and some fake cobwebs in the bushes.
Of course, no matter how much (or how little) you decorate the front yard on Halloween, there will always be that one house on the block that puts the rest of us to shame.
Enter, Eddie and Heather Barcello of Oceanside, California. The parents of two have made it a Halloween tradition to build a 40-foot tall pirate ship in their yard every single year for their kids, Eddie Jr. and Logan, to enjoy — as well as the rest of the neighborhood.
The results are pretty awesome; but don’t just take my word for it:
The Barcellos also like to include a good amount of lighting and special effects to really bring the pirate ship to life and make it all the more “extra.” And as an added bonus this year, they’ve even incorporated spooky jail cell, bayou, and even a mini treasure island.
Of course, putting together such an over-the-top Halloween display isn’t easy. (In fact, the Barcellos say it takes a full two weeks to construct everything.) But it’s a good thing they have a lot of eager helpers on board who can’t wait to join in the fun. As a local dance teacher, Eddie literally has dozens of students who come back to help, year after year.
“These students of mine have been the first ones that I call to come help build the pirate ship,” says Eddie. “We need them to help build the mast … we need them to help watch the kids while we’re doing all of this.”
Even little Eddie Jr. gets excited about helping Mom and Dad out with their annual project.
“He actually got a chance to help and get in there with the power tools and actually help Daddy drill,” says Eddie Sr.
The Barcellos’ pirate ship has turned into something of a bucket list destination for many locals on Halloween night, attracting between 800-1,000 trick-or-treaters every single year.
GULP, that’s a lot of candy to have to give out! … Anyone else up for a road trip to visit the Barcellos this Halloween?