11/11/2013 12:58:00 PM Goblins and ghosts and zombies, oh my!
A team of foul-looking monsters work together to scare kids who stopped by one couple’s house on Halloween night. Photos by Briana Alzola.
While mini ghouls and goblins (and Iron Man, witches and more) roamed the streets on Halloween night, a corner in Othello featured a gorilla, zombies wielding chainsaws, ghosts and more. Each year, Roger and Sharon Ensz transform their home on the corner of Oak and 12th into a Halloween fright-fest. The children, about 300 last year, who come visit have to make it up a long driveway, lined with various dummies and spooky characters to frighten and spook the kids coming in for a treat. Sometimes, the creatures and goblins work a little too well and kids have to be led out the backyard to get back to the street so they don't have to go back through the line-up of scary monsters. They have a friend who comes in from Utah to play a gorilla. He sits quietly until people get close and then jumps out at them. Various other friends stop by with costumes and facepaint, most being transformed into zombies. Roger and Sharon were some of the scariest zombies of them all. Roger even has a chainsaw he uses to help frighten the kids stopping by. The real little kids get to come up to the house without being too scared, but the teenagers have to work for their treats. He often chases them with his chainsaw, sometimes down the street. In fact, some teenagers are chased a whole block, Roger said. For many of the young people, it can take more than 20 minutes to get the courage to get all the way to the house. The two love holiday decorations, Sharon said. In fact, for years, they had what was known as the "Christmas House." Decorations upon decorations lit up their home and yard. While they still decorate for Christmas, in the beginning of October, they start putting up spooky decorations. Now, people refer to them as the "Halloween House" and people come from all over town to visit. They began setting up the extreme Halloween decorations about three years ago and it's only gotten bigger and better. They hit up day-after Halloween sales to expand their growing number of decorations. Sharon said she's loved Halloween ever since she was little. Roger's family didn't decorate when he was little, so now that he's grown, he loves decorating his house. The crowd at the home continues to grow as word of mouth spreads the news of its existence around town. "It's just a lot of fun," Sharon said. In addition to the cost of the decorations and such, the power bill goes up about $100 during the month of October. The couple also decorates at the beginning of October because people who know them are always stopping by to ask when they will begin decorating. This year, a windstorm before Halloween caused some trouble. Decorations, including zombie dummies, went everywhere, rolling down the street and more. "I had to get a head out of the fish pond," Sharon said. To help get more ideas, the couple even gets their friends to join in for field trips to get ideas. This year, they made their way to Scarywood, at Silverwood Theme Park. All in all, it's just a fun, spooky time, Roger said.