On the last weekend of September, Jeff Kaiser is spotted mowing in between all of the displays at his family’s annual Halloween ‘Kaiser’s House of Horror’s’ at the corner of North Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue in northeast Bethlehem. All that remains to ready the exhibit before it opens Oct. 1 are the electrical connections.
Kaiser, his mother Janet, sister Jennifer Yeakel and a few friends had been working since before Labor Day to get everything ready for what has become an October and Halloween tradition now in its 17th year.
Kaiser says he rents a 10-foot by 20-foot storage shed and keeps some items in a backyard shed and the family home’s basement. He says his mother, Janet, helps to organize the set-up and breakdown process, while sister Jennifer helps with various displays that dot the front and side yards of their corner property.
He says the initial idea was born out of his re-purposing the wooden slats from a waterbed frame he collected which had been placed curbside for disposal in 2002. He cut the boards down into small gravestone shapes, painted them gray and his mother came up with the catchy wording printed on each.
Each year he adds a few more features, and several years ago he added a donation box at the urging of the thousands of visitors arriving to view the ‘House of Horrors.’ He says the rental shed is a major cost. The use of LED lighting keeps electric costs below $50 for the month of October. The night of trick or treat, children receive candy and visitors with dogs on a leashes get treat for Fido, so the donations help with the costs.
New in 2018 are a skeleton pirate, Frankenstein, a fog-emitting dragon, an alien egg, the wheel of pain and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.