FESTIVE FRONT PORCH: Matt and Lorri Weiss, residents of Gothenburg, have made it a tradition to decorate their home during the month of October. The tradition began when the couple celebrated their children who were both born in October, one of them on Halloween.
FESTIVE FRONT PORCH: Matt and Lorri Weiss, residents of Gothenburg, have made it a tradition to decorate their home during the month of October. The tradition began when the couple celebrated their children who were both born in October, one of them on Halloween.

Putting up Christmas lights and decorated front porches for the 4th of July seem to be pretty common seasonal sightings in the community of Gothenburg. However, something one can add to the list of holiday decorations is Halloween.

Matt and Lorri Weiss of Gothenburg have been embellishing their house for this “spooktacular” occasion for quite some time now.

“It started awhile back,” shared Lorri. “Our daughter, Lindsey, was born on the 26th of October, and our son, Brian, was born on Halloween so we always connected their celebrations with the holiday and it kind of grew from there!”

Standing outside their home on the corner of 16th Street and Avenue B, a skyscraper of a skeleton towers above their lawn along with a spider that rests across the top of their roof.

These larger than life decorations on the exterior are just a brief sneak peak of how the entire house is decorated.

“Each year we kind of try to stick to a theme,” explained Matt, who exerts his energy on decorating the outside of the house while his wife furnishes the inside with whimsical and eerie finishing touches. “Last year we did pirates, this year we went with witches and skeletons.”

The couple has a Halloween village set up inside, along with a talking butler, cauldron and even went so far as to replace family photos with old, mysterious pictures that change as you walk by them.

As you drive by, you can see a plethora of other decorations that add to their detailed display. The couple mentioned that they try to keep it fun and not too scary for younger children, passerbyers and trick-or-treaters!