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Massive Halloween display a family tradition

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - On the corner of North Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue in Bethlehem is the Kaiser House of Horror.

It's the ultimate Halloween display, one that stops people dead in their tracks.

16 years ago Jeff Kaiser, along with his mother, Janet, decided to decorate their house for Halloween.

"From one cardboard coffin to about 15 tombstones, this is what it's turned into," said Janet.

"16 years later, I have this monstrosity that takes up the whole yard," added Jeff.

The word elaborate doesn't quite explain it; the display wraps around the entire block and comes to life every night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"I kept adding new stuff, new stuff and it started in the front of the house and it's fully worked its way to the other side and around the corner," said Jeff.

There's a 14-foot pirate ship complete with a skeleton crew, a bloody fountain, the Grateful Un-dead rock band and special guest appearances from famous horror films.

"Some people do Christmas. I do Halloween" said Jeff.

Jeff is the mastermind behind the entire display and hand-makes a lot of the decorations.

“People have asked if he works for Disney, or for Dorney Park. He's in a manufacturing company," explained Janet.

"She won't admit it but I think she gets almost as big a kick as I do," said Jeff.

Visitors who come from near and far to check it out.

They even leave donations to help Jeff expand his collection each year, offset the cost of electricity, and help with storage.

"I rent a 10 x 20 shed to store most of the stuff and that is a huge, huge bill," said Jeff.

It's a display that brings a mother and son together and also a community and that's nothing to be scared of.


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