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Medina resident welcomes community for Halloween open house Oct. 5-6

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 16 September 2019 at 11:15 am

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Robby Klino of Medina shows some of the items in his extensive collection of Halloween memorabilia, including black birds, bats and skeleton heads at his stairway in his West Center Street.

MEDINA – When most kids were looking forward to Christmas, Robby Klino was anticipating Halloween.

Klino, who grew up in Medina, lived and worked in Atlanta for 25 years, until moving back home in September 2018.

Visitors to Robby Klino’s home in Medina are greeted by this ghoulish wreath, a preview of what waits inside his home.

“I always loved Halloween,” Klino said. “When living in Atlanta, I always flew back home to Medina for Christmas. Because I wasn’t able to decorate my home for Christmas, I decorated for Halloween.”

Klino has amassed an overwhelming collection of Halloween decorations. It began when his mother started giving him pumpkins of all kinds. He has pumpkins made of plaster of Paris, paper mache, wood, glass and chenille.

“It just grew from there,” Klino said. “I travel a lot for work, and I’m a shopper. I love garage sales and craft shows.”

Klino has decorated his home with MacKenzie-Childs, a line of ceramics, hand-painted imported furniture and home décor.

Last year he decided to share his Halloween-themed home with friends and neighbors by having a Halloween open house. He invited half a dozen vendors to set up in his home, and it was a huge success, he said.

“People love to come into someone else’s home, just to see their house,” Klino said.

This year, he has scheduled his open house, which he calls “The Happy Halloween House,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. His home is at 650 West Center St. in Medina.

He already has nearly a dozen vendors signed up who will have unique Halloween décor, antiques, soaps, primitives, quilts and a Pop-Up Show.

Klino will also have a raffle for a piece of Mac-Kenzie Childs during the weekend. Money will go to PAWS, an animal shelter on Gaines basin Road in Albion.

“My Happy Halloween House is just a way to bring the community together and celebrate Halloween,” Klino said.

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