Heading down 10th Street in Logansport, it’s difficult to miss the home of Brian and Gayla Zimmerman.
A horde of Halloween hosts await to greet visitors in the front yard, porch and second floor balcony. Ghouls and ghosts hang from the gutters, swaying in the breeze. Many of the life-sized monsters, demons, mummies and skeletons, when triggered by a switch or motion sensor, will hail you verbally.
Then there’s the spiderwebs filled with enormous arachnids, preceded by the tiny ones dotting the steps leading up to the home. Rats and jack-o’-lanterns fill in what little room is left, along with the bones and severed limbs strewn about the front lawn.
And that’s just the outside. In the entryway await several more life-sized monsters, many of whom, like their outdoor contemporaries, will come to life at the flip of switch to shriek out ominous taunts.
Two large tables hold a bustling Halloween village with more than 25 miniature buildings, complete with a road going through it all littered with tiny autumn leaves. Surrounding it are cabinets and shelves filled with skulls, figurines from horror films and prop severed heads whose eyes gape from behind the glass.
Brian and Gayla Zimmerman spend the entire month of October getting it all ready, with Gayla taking care of the interior while Brian handles the porch and front lawn.
Gayla Zimmerman estimates they’ve been decorating on this scale for about the last 10 years, since their three children, now grown, were young.
“We’ve gotten worse since the kids moved out,” Brian Zimmerman said, adding that they’ve built their collection from sources like garage sales, eBay, Walmart and even placing ads in the Pharos-Tribune to solicit decorations, props, models and figurines people are looking to get rid of.