Mom decks Roy home in Halloween decorations in memory of son

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ROY, Utah -- Spooky decorations cover a house in Roy but the ghosts and ghouls work to send a message much stronger than "Happy Halloween."

"I do this for my son Jayden, to help light the way for others for the holiday season," said Crystal Conover.

In 2011, on his favorite holiday, 13-year-old Jayden Rathbone was struck by a car while trick-or-treating in Uintah.

"I have a lot of sorrow and pain from losing my son every day," Conover said.

Instead of hating the holiday her son was hit, Conover said, she takes a different approach by all out decorating her home.

"He would want us to be happy and keep celebrating further," Conover said.

Among the spider webs is a memorial to Conover’s son. She said celebrating the holiday in this way is not only what her son would have wanted but it helps bring awareness of safety on Halloween night.

"It's never easy but it brings up a lot of conversation pieces," Conover said.

The goal is to remind drivers to be safe on the roads while kids are out trick-or-treating.

"If we can save one life it definitely helps us cope with the sorrow," Conover said.

Conover said when kids come trick-or-treat at her house on Halloween night they'll get a piece of candy along with a glow stick.

“The motto behind the glow sticks is, ‘Help Jayden light the way,’ because where there's lighting there's less darkness for someone to be hit by a car," Conover said.

Police say it's not only a reminder of what could happen but what does happen.

“Drivers need to be aware. They have to know there will be kids out on the street. They not only need to obey traffic laws but take extra precaution,” said Det. Jason Vanderwarf with Roy City Police Department.

Conover said she plans on decorating her home for years to come.

"I cannot dwell on the loss of my son, all I can do is make sure that he lives on," she said.


  • miles (dave)

    wow this is way easy to respect. i cant help but believe it would be very hard to be positive to any degree during the anniversary of something like this but this great mom has decided to think of others during a time it is very tempting to focus on ones self (which isnt terribly unreasonable)

    • BabyGirl

      Thank you for your kind words. On behalf of Jayden we strive to save lives. We don’t want anyone to go through what our family has. Lighting the way is a great way to remember. ((Hugs))

      • angeleyes

        What you are doing Babygirl is amazing!! You and your family have been through alot. This is a great way to keep Jayden’s memory alive and bring awareness to the community.

  • darb

    It certainly would be much more professional if the father were notified before these kinds of articles hit the papers and news casts.

  • johnny

    Maybe darb if the father wanted to be in his other childrens lives, the mother would be more inclined to include him. For what I know he hasn’t even made a attempt to do so.

    • ru-upset

      From what I understand Crystal did not have custody of Jayden at the time of the accident and had no interest in him whatsoever until that time. The father has been trying to be involved but has been blocked and bullied by her from having anything to do with what she is up to. Also, from what I understand, there are several legal actions brought on by her against others. Maybe it is time to let him rest in peace and not make a big production out of what we do to remember him.
      Was this not the same house that was involved in a shooting a few months back?

      • angeleyes

        I don’t see the harm in decorating your house for Halloween and sending out a good message to the community. I’m sure it was hard to lose a child and maybe this is her way of coping.

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