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Halloween to the extreme

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Nick Condoluci goes all out in a scary setup

Photos by Tom Rivers

EAGLE HARBOR – Nick Condoluci may have the scariest setup for Halloween in Orleans County, a backyard with hanging skeletons, a grave yard, a guillotine and a “Booger Booth,” just to name a few.

Condoluci makes most of the props himself, spending much of the winter cutting out and designing tombstones, signs and other scary features, including an electric chair with a buzzer on the seat.

“You can’t buy this stuff,” he said. “I think I have the largest Halloween display in Orleans County. No one else does it to this extreme.”

Condoluci created the outdoor setup about five years ago at his home on School Lane in Eagle Harbor. (The first road north of the lift bridge.)

He opens the attractions up for the community each year about a week before Halloween. He has the setup aglow in green, red, yellow and orange lights each night from 6 to 9 p.m. On Halloween some of his friends – “actors” – will be part of the display.

“They are here to scare you,” Condoluci said.

He has turned 1-acre in his backyard into a scare land, with a spooky fake graveyard bearing the names of the people killed in the Salem Witch Trials.

Condoluci, a school bus driver, said Halloween and the display are just a hobby that he enjoys sharing with the community.

“I call it Halloween to the extreme,” he said.

Condoluci said some of the visitors like to pose with the guillotine and the stocks in the backyard. He is happy to oblige any photo requests.