Halloween spirit accompanied the D’Amelios when they moved from the San Jose, California, area to a home in the Reserve in Gearhart. The lawn of Lyn and Jr. D’Amelio is filled with a collection of goblins, skeletons and witches, with a projection screen showing haunted scenes and scary surprises.

One of the most unusual items is a 200-pound cauldron, originally used for cooking until it became cracked. The owner of the cauldron passed it on to the D’Amelios, who didn’t mind the cracks, which gave it a spooky character. Same with an old trunk slated for the dump. Salvaged from a local church, the chest now contains a treasure trove of pirate’s booty, protected by a trio of skeleton pirates. Icky spiders dangle over the bushes.

Creepy eyeballs were created after the couple salvaged discarded street lamps that didn’t match fit the fixtures. The D’Amelios painted the bulbs and placed them at strategic positions on the lawn.

To keep electricity flowing to the installation, Jr. D’Amelio designed a protective outlet cover to withstand rain and moisture. The D’Amelios derived inspiration from HGTV and do-it-yourself shows. They’ve expanded to Christmastime and will be lighting up for the holidays.

The D’Amelios are both retired from careers from San Jose, and live in the Reserve with their daughter, Jillian, who works at Safeway.

The show takes place every night before Halloween from about 7 to 9:30 p.m. at 4957 Drummond Drive.

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