It seems the word, “small,” just isn’t in Al Rapport’s dictionary…or his heart.
Every year on Halloween, the Cutler Bay resident, affectionately known as “Big Al,” turns his entire front yard into a massive display of scary creatures, eerie lights, and ghoulish sounds.
Beware! The spooky “graveyard” comes alive on Halloween night, as hundreds of parents from Cutler Bay and neighboring Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest drive by with their children to view one of South Florida’s largest Trick or Treat displays! Visitors delight in “live” ghouls and goblins frolicking in the “Whispering Pines Cemetery.” The first 125 children visiting the display receive glow necklaces for safe Trick or Treating.
Giving out candy and playfully scaring kids is only part of Big Al’s mission. His annual effort serves as a backdrop for a food drive for the needy.
Large bins are placed in the front of the display and visitors are encouraged to leave donations of canned foods and non perishable food items. All food collected is then donated to the “Feeding South Florida” food bank.
“There are more needy people in South Florida than ever before,” says Rapport. “I set up big Halloween display to entice local residents to bring their families out for a fun evening, while remembering to lend a hand to their less fortunate neighbors.“
Visitors who arrive without canned food can still support the food drive by writing a check payable to Feeding South Florida. “We accept food and money,” says Rapport. “If you have a check, just walk up to the porch and ring the bell, but be ready for a giant ‘Big Al’ bear hug!“
The most-needed food items are:
Canned fruits and vegetables
Peanut Butter (in PLASTIC jars)
Macaroni and Cheese (packaged)
Hot and Cold cereal (packaged, family-size)
You can see the incredible Halloween display “in action” tonight from dusk until 11pm. The Rapport house is located at 8740 SW 186 St, Cutler Bay, FL.