C is for cardboard cookie

By Tim Nelson
October 30, 2019
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We’re hours away from Halloween, which means that children will soon be donning costumes in search of candy that they will either eat all at once or cautiously hoard into the new year (definitely the former). For some lucky trick-or-treaters in York Township, Pennsylvania, this Halloween will also a shrubbery dedicated to the one Sesame Street character most excited by the prospect of receiving treats. 

That’s because one local resident has transformed their uniquely-shaped shrubbery into a strikingly accurate take on Cookie Monster. Getting into the Halloween spirit, Lisa Boll took some blue spray paint to the archway of vines surrounding her doorway, adding big, googly styrofoam eyes and a giant chocolate chip cookie (well, a cardboard-flavored cookie) to complete the effect. 

The effect on the neighborhood has been noticeable, with Boll noting that her transformation of her home’s plant life into a famous children’s show character has garnered plenty of positive attention, with kids especially stopping by to take a look and pose for photos in the runup to Halloween. “It was surprising how many people get a big kick out of it, so it's good, it's fun for Halloween and it's not a horror thing so it appeals to kids under the age of three, it's not scary," she told local station WPVI

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Appropriately enough, Boll’s birst of whimsical landscape architecture coincides almost exactly with the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, which aired its pilot on November 10th, 1969. The show finished its 49th season in July, and is closing in on its 4,500th episode. 

So there you have it: proof that you don’t have to freak anyone out with spooky stuff this Halloween to have a good time. Let’s just hope that the Cookie Monster house isn’t giving out apples instead of cookies or candy this week. 

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