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Written by JOE POIRIER   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:50

Fredonia couple gets spirited kick out of turning their yard into Halloween spectacle

  While certain neighborhoods like the one in Amityville, N.Y., have a peculiar house you tell your kids not to go to for trick-or-treating, the Wengel family’s home on Fredonia Avenue is a welcoming site for neighbors during the Halloween season.   
    According to Craig Wengel, he and his wife Kara have been decorating their front yard with zombies, ghouls, ghosts and other monsters for the past seven years.
    “We do it because the neighbors and kids like it. If I don’t start setting up by the first week of October, people come up and ask if we’re going to do it or not,” Wengel said.
    Wengel got the idea from his brother-in-law, who has received notoriety in Denver for transforming his yard into the set of a horror movie the past 15 years. He said having the scariest decorations on the street can make the home owner a local celebrity.
    The Wengels’ yard takes on a different theme each year. This Halloween’s focus is skeleton pirates from the film series “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
    “The monsters kind of get old after awhile. I like to rebuild them each year to make new kinds of creatures. Last year we had spiders all over the lawn,” Wengel said.
    He also said the planning and preparation can take months of work before October.
    “We started working on our design plans back in August. We had to rebuild the monsters, make a boat and a rotisserie,” Wengel said. “The idea in your head takes a bit of time to make.”
    One thing that doesn’t change over the years are the gravestones, which align the entrance of the yard. “The cemetery stays the same because you know you need to have a cemetery,” Wengel said.
    Halloween isn’t the only time of year the family likes to make over their yard, as they also have major decorations for Christmas.
    “This year, I’m going to have Santa Claus and his reindeer coming down from my roof and landing into the yard,” Wengel said.
    He also has his sights set on next year’s Halloween, but the details for the decorations are under secrecy to keep the neighbors on their toes.
    “My wife wants me to make something bigger,” Wengel said. “It’s going to be a surprise and there’s a lot to it. I’ll probably have to start working on the project in July.”

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