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iN PHOTOS: Check out this spooky Halloween house in Kelowna

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer
October 31, 2020 - 7:30 AM

A Kelowna resident has gone all-out with Halloween decor again this year — so much that he's been accused of being a devil worshipper.

Zenon Naklicki has been decorating his downtown home every Halloween for the past ten years, and although he doesn't worship the devil, he certainly puts on quite the spooky display.

"People leave me letters saying I'm possessed and all that," he said. "But most people like it."

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer

He said lots of people gather out front to see the display and take photos.

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer

"The kids like it at night too, they get to push all the little buttons and the skeletons light up," he said. "Last year we had 240 kids on Halloween. Everybody comes out, even adults."

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer

Naklicki said this year's display took him about two weeks to set up. The dinosaurs out front he made himself, using small scale 3D models from a toy store as a blueprint. 

"I just stuck the 3D puzzle pieces a few inches away from a flashlight," he said. He then traced the shadows onto large pieces of plywood, then cut them out and assembled the life-size dinosaurs.

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer

He also has a large plastic sheet and a projector, so at night images of giant dancing skeletons are cast onto the screen.

If you look closely, you'll spot an homage to the classic film E.T.

"That used to be my mom's old bike," he said. "When she passed away, I didn't know what I was going to do with it."

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer

It now sits above his fence, with a skeleton astride it and an undead E.T. in the basket. 

He also hand-made the plaques along the front of the fence. On each one is a short ghost story he copied from a book of haunting stories.  

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer

His decorating hobby also extends beyond Halloween. At Christmas, you'll see his home fully adorned with lights and a life-size set of reindeer attached to Santa's sleigh on the roof. 

He is the sole occupant in his home, and does most of the decorating on his own. His passion all started with three skeletons he got as a gift. 

The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
The house is located in downtown Kelowna on Bay Avenue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Diana Palmer

"I stuck them in my truck, one was the driver and the other two were passengers," he said. "People starting taking pictures and really enjoyed it, so that's how it all started."

You can head down to Bay Avenue to check out the house for yourself until Nov. 1. 


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