GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport family has taken the Halloween spirit to a scary new level. If you happen to see their strange vehicle coming down the road, don't be afraid.
Al Magnusen calls his 1973 Mercury Monterey the "Halloween Machine".
His children helped him decorate the black convertible, from the skull on the hood to the body parts hanging out the trunk. He added several new items this year, including the spiders on the hub caps, Halloween-themed floor mats, and a large rat hanging from the antenna. The trunk is also full of masks. Coast artist Marty Wilson did most of the painting.
Every October, Magnusen takes the convertible out for a ride to Cruisin' the Coast, Halloween parties, parades and trick-or-treating.
"I've added a Honda generator on the trunk and we got lights on it now, and I can't wait for tonight myself. We all got a little kid in us and I think I might got a little extra. I'm thinking for next year maybe, I might do a little more air brushing on it, add more lights to it, and some more different, some 3-D type stuff," said Magnusen.
No doubt, the vehicle gets a lot of curious looks.
"Mainly people taking pictures out their window and blowing their horn and thumbs up and stuff like that. Oh, all the kids want to ride in it. They love it and we love it," he said.
The car, with its shiny green and purple lights, will be rolling through several Gulfport neighborhoods on Halloween night.