If there's such a thing as a Halloween Grinch, he's lurking in North Kamloops.
The Bulloch household is always a huge attraction at this time of year, thrilling children as it transforms into a ghoulish haunted house.
But the home will be a little drearier this season after thieves targeted the North Kamloops property over two nights this week.
Ann and Sean (aka Vinny) Bulloch can be safely described as Halloween fanatics - they even put off their wedding for two years so it could fall both on a Saturday and on the scariest night of the year.
For the past eight years, the couple would spend countless hours decorating their property with display items that hold more sentimental value than most fake skulls or zombie heads since they were wedding presents.
"We've never had anything stolen until now," said Ann.
Sometime overnight on Tuesday, thieves got onto the fenced property and stole some elaborate and high-end decorations from their yard on Ottawa Place.
The following night, the couple decided to stay awake with a thought to catching the culprit. They went to bed after 1 a.m., and that's when the thieves struck again - and this time they brought tools.
"(The decorations) were all zip-tied down and they cut those," said Ann. "And there are locks on our gates so they just jumped the fence."
The Bullochs' loss is in the hundreds of dollars. Among stolen items were a large severed head, a large skull that lights up on a big spike, an animatronic, chained-up zombie head that withers and a large open-mouthed demon with a mirror inside.
And just like the Grinch, the thieves have dampened the spirit of the season in the household.
The incidents led the couple to tear down some of their displays.
"It's unfortunate because we do it for the kids," said Ann. "It's really disheartening."
The Bullochs reported the thefts to the police knowing that little could be done, said Ann.
RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said she's right about that.
"They have no suspects, no witnesses, nothing really for us to follow up on," she said.
The focus would be on identifying the stolen items if they ever show up.
Bush reminded residents it's a good idea to put personal and unique markings on valuable items so if they're ever stolen and then recovered, owners can identify them.
Bush said it's uncommon for decorative displays to be stolen, but it does occur every once in a while with garden gnomes or at Christmas.