Halloween graveyard for trends that 'died' in 2017

Dabbing is dead.
Dabbing is dead. Photo: Michael Fry

One dad has injected humour into his Halloween display this year, by creating a graveyard at the front of his house for 2017's dying trends.

New Yorker Michael Fry is an art teacher and dad to two daughters. His headstones reference politics, fashion and pop culture, proclaiming death to the old Taylor Swift, dabbing, ombre hair, home made slime, plump lips and watching live TV.

"I was thinking of doing gravestones and turning my front yard into a cemetery but I didn't know what I wanted to put on them," Michael told ABC News of his tradition that began three years ago. "I wanted to put something on them that wasn't necessarily of people, and I didn't want it to be too left or too right or offensive in any way."

Also out is Homemade slime, Ombre Hair, Watching live TV and Plump Lips.
Also out is Homemade slime, Ombre Hair, Watching live TV and Plump Lips. Photo: Michael Fry

Michael said he wanted to do something "humorous and modern with the times," so he enlisted the help of his students to generate ideas.

"Things from that year that have either died, or are dying or are no longer fashionable or no longer hip," said Michael. "Being a teacher, I get input from my students and friends and family members, and it's become a collaborative effort."

Michael admits his gravestone for homemade slime is "wishful thinking" though because "teachers can't stand it".

Michael also adds a two-story skull to the front yard for trick-or-treaters to walk through to the front door on the day of Halloween.

Michael's house is on the same street as a primary school, so he gets a lot of children commenting on his display. This year the major criticism from the children is that "dabbing isn't dead," Michael said with a laugh.

"I just hope everybody thinks it's fun," he said. "I put humour in all of my work. I try to take some of the edge of Halloween. It's always scary and creepy and crazy, but I try to make it fun and funny for the young kids in the neighbourhood."