Fountain Scare

2023 Fountain Scare Winner

Congratulations to Amber Gaddy of the 1400 block of Woodlawn Ave for winning this year’s competition! Amber’s unique use of materials, including pre-existing landscaping, earned her the top spot. “I’ve been planning this since July, watching videos, and going a little crazy.” Amber joked when asked about her decoration approach. “I’m sure my neighbors are ready for Halloween to be over!”

Gaddy’s yard featured several interactive features, including a simulated thunder storm complete with sounds and strobe lights. “Halloween has always been a favorite holiday, but this is the first year I got to decorate a yard – I had to go all out.” Amber shared that her neighbors encouraged her to participate in the inaugural competition.

2023 Fountain Scare Competition

The Fountain Square Neighborhood Association is proud to announce the 2023 Fountain Scare competition! Get in the mood and decorate your home for spooky season this year. Submit a photo of your decorated home to win a cash prize, a yard sign declaring your victory, and the coveted Fountain Scare trophy – not to mention neighborhood bragging rights!


Any resident of Fountain Square may enter the competition. Photos can be of either/both interior and exterior decoration. Businesses and current board members of FSNA are ineligible. 

Decorations should not cover or interfere with any public safety equipment or public walkways. Submissions that are deemed to be discriminatory, political, or inappropriate for children are ineligible. (Think PG13)


Submitting your entry is easy! Take photos of your decorated home. Post the photos to either Facebook or Instagram (or both!). All submissions must (1) tag the Fountain Square Neighborhood Association (@fountainsquareneighbors on Instagram), (2) use the hashtag #FountainScare2023 and (3) that your post audience is set to Public.

All entries must be posted to social media by Friday, October 27 by 10:00p ET.


All entries will be scored by the 2023 Fountain Scare committee. The committee will assess each entry using the following criteria, each of which is given equal weight:


The winner will be announced on Halloween and will receive (1) a cash prize, (2) a yard sign proudly proclaiming your victory, (3) a feature in the Urban Times in Fountain Square’s column, and (4) the coveted 2023 Fountain Scare trophy.