Bryan Blackmon doesn’t scream for neighborhood kids to stay off his lawn. In fact, he invites them to visit.
Blackmon, who lives at 5035 Southland Drive in Woodstock, said that, for the second straight year, he decided to put his creative mind to work and design a maze in his front yard, giving the children in his neighborhood a creative and unique place to play.
“I’m a creative kind of guy,” Blackmon said. “I decided a couple of years ago I wanted to do this. I’ve always been intrigued by mazes.”
The maze in his front yard is the latest decoration Blackmon has added to his home for the Halloween season, along with a giant spider and spider web on the house, monsters in his bushes and other decorations to get fully into the spirit of the season. Last year’s maze was composed entirely of straight lines, and to make this year’s edition different, he added a number of curved and circular sections. Another interesting point Blackmon noted about his front yard mazes is that, if someone were to type in his address in Google Maps and looked at it in satellite mode, they would actually see last year’s maze.
Since he began putting in a maze in his front yard, Blackmon said he has heard virtually nothing but positive comments from his neighbors.
“Everybody that plays in it loves it,” he said. “I get lots of feedback from parents thanking me for doing this.”
In addition to his lawn maze around Halloween, Blackmon has done a number of things to try and be a great neighbor in his community. For example, he said he mows an American flag into his yard around the Fourth of July, while he put signs out during the height of the pandemic that read, “Crazy walk starts here,” to encourage children to walk with an unusual gait as they passed by. In fact, he said a few of his neighbors and he came together one Saturday and held a crazy walk contest, judging the neighborhood children on how crazy of a walk they could come up with.
“I just try to be a fun neighbor,” Blackmon said.