100 Yards of Halloween DecorationsSubmitted: 10/31/2014
RHINELANDER - A lot of people in the Northwoods will put out decorations for Halloween. But one Rhinelander woman and her daughter have gone above and beyond. They've grown their display for the past 10 years to extend between their houses and covering more than 100 yards.

"We had four boys and we wanted a girl and she was born on Halloween, so my husband said, 'Look, we finally got our witch!'" said Linda Klaver.

"I don't like much of the other holidays but I fell in love with Halloween. I'm not sure how or why. I like the little things about it. I like the little things that we do," said Nettie Klaver, Linda's daughter.

They have been collecting items over the years.

"We just kind of built slowly up. It was fun buying stuff and scaring. Everyone goes up for Christmas. We decided to go for Halloween," said Linda Klaver.

Ten years ago, they started off with a small cemetery display.

"It started out, little white gravestones, made out of wood. And, then we went to a coffin and got skeletons. I've always had a witch theme with cauldrons and pots that we made by hand. I said well let's add a pumpkin patch. Then Nettie bought this place and we added the cemeteries," said Linda Klaver.

But, they continually build upon their display.

"We are always looking at new ideas to add. And when we look at something, we are like, wow we really want that one," said Nettie Klaver.

"Each year we go to rummage sales and we find things we like," said Linda Klaver.

They also make the majority of the decorations.

"We actually make a good 40-50% ourselves," said Nettie Klaver.

They have to protect their decorations from thieves.

"We had stuff taken one year, which we were very upset about. We actually have cameras," said Linda Klaver.

Neighbors and friends really enjoy the display.

"I've had no negative complaints whatsoever. People are actually thrilled with it being up and look forward to it being up," said Nettie Klaver.

"We like to see people's reactions as they are driving by. Oh my goodness. They can't believe how big it is really getting," said Linda Klaver.

"I've never seen anything like this before. It is psycho work," said friend Crock Engerson. "They're all my favorites because they use their imagination."

But, the best part of Halloween, is this mother-daughter duo gets to spend time together.

"It is a fun time for me. I bond with my mother. I enjoy that most of all. We bicker and we argue. But, I think that is what makes it fun and a good experience for us. I'll have those memories for the rest of my life," said Nettie Klaver.

"We have a lot of fun and enjoy it very much. I am very proud of her. I am so glad she was born on the 31st," said Linda Klaver.

Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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