HURON — Ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night will be on display for trick or treaters stopping by the home of Donna and Lonny Quiram at 1215 Dakota Ave. S.
For the past month, Lonny has been sawing wood and pounding nails to build the display, that will guide trick or treaters past built-in cubbies filled with monsters and creatures — many animated — and all with eerie sound effects.
“We enjoy doing it for the kids, and it’s free” Donna said. “Even adults like to go through.”’
The couple began erecting the spook house six years ago for Halloween, and each year they have expanded. This year, the spook house features three sections with twists, turns and surprises around every corner.
“This is the first place the kids want to get to,” Lonny said. “Once it gets all out it’s not too bad. We set different things in each of these sections. It never gets done, we always add to it.”
The couple offers full-size candy bars, along with single bags of gold fish, animal crackers and cookies.
“I finally just got all my creatures up that I can get up,” Donna said. “I want to get the cemetery up today. We’ll have a few tombstones out in front of a blow-up hearse.
“He’s got a bunch of stuff stored that we have to bring,” she added. “You have to decide — save some of it for next year so we can switch around.”
“This is his fourth week just building and trying to get it together,” Donna said. “He always wishes he had three or four more days.
On Wednesday they will begin installing the spooky characters and getting all of the lights, animation and sound effects ready to go.
“Then, we have to tear it all apart,” Lonny said. “It goes down easier than it goes up.
“I have over 50 walls that I tear down and stack up,” he said. Laughing, he added, “Several people told me I should leave them up and rent them out for apartments.”