A Liberty Township man’s Halloween display is giving passers-by something to scream about.
Rob Schilling began decorating his house and yard for Halloween after he and wife Ruth moved into their home in the 7500 block of Princeton Road 23 years ago.
It started with just a few decorations. Now their entire house and yard are taken over by ghastly ghouls, creepy crawlers and other things that go bump in the night.
- Photos: Schilling Family Halloween
Like a 10-foot-tall menacing pumpkin figure with extended claws. And a large inflated junk yard dog waiting to pounce. The skeletons on the porch. The ghosts on the roof.
“It’s just me; I’m nuts,” admits Rob with a laugh. “Every year it gets bigger.”
Schilling begins decorating in early October. It takes only a few hours to set up most of the pieces, but figuring out the maze of electric wires and hook-ups is an even more complicated task, he said.
Each year he finds new pieces to add to his display, which he now has to store in two 10-by-10 foot storage units.
While Schilling transforms the house’s facade and yard into a supernatural specter, Ruth and daughter Ashley decorate the home’s interior with dozens of Halloween collectibles.
The home has become a kind of tourist attraction each Halloween, said Schilling.
“As I put it out, people honk their horns,” he said. ” One year when I re-sided the house I didn’t get a chance to do it and people were actually stopping in the road asking me, ‘Are you guys going to decorate year?’”
Schilling says he tries to decorate for each of the seasons, but at this home, Halloween is king. He values his Halloween collection between $10,000 and $25,000.
“I’ve always liked Halloween because of the kids,” he said. “I do this for the kids.”
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