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Spooky spectacle in Basalt

Michael Faas/Special to The Aspen Times The Dombrowski home in Basalt's Elk Run subdivision is a Halloween spectacle.

BASALT – If there was any doubt what Ross Dombrowski’s favorite holiday is, a stroll by his Basalt home will clarify things: Halloween.

“I don’t know why,” laughed Dombrowski.

Regardless, it’s abundantly clear that his passion for All Hallow’s Eve is real.

His house in the Elk Run subdivision is decked out from roof to lawn with holiday decor. The task begins in late September, with hours upon hours spent assembling, inflating, placing and re-arranging his collection. It’s a bounty he’s accumulated over 15 years, and that now amounts to a dozen “coffin-sized tubs” stored away until the calendar approaches October.

“It’s just fun, and people love it,” said Dombrowski’s wife, Randy.

It’s no wonder. The Dombrowskis’ over-the-top display has it all: from the comical – a witch that has flown straight into a tree is one example – to the political – a tombstone for Osama bin Laden comes to mind – to the macabre – the Grim Reaper and a butcher shop welcome those who dare to enter.

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Passersby take note: The blood (yes, it’s fake) for the butcher shop – one gallon, to be exact – traveled with the Dombrowskis from New York on a recent trip.

It’s not the only imported item. According to Randy, Ross has been collecting his decorations for 15 years – moving it five times before settling in Basalt. The items, which include more than 20 inflatable items, countless strings of lights and dozens of other accents, come from stores, holiday catalogs, online merchants and more.

And on Halloween night, Dombrowski adds more to the madness. Flying bats, smoke and a popcorn machine are among the tricks and treats those who stop by will discover.

“It’s our night,” said Randy, who, along with their son Cole, are the masterminds of the fun. It’s also Ross’s brother’s night; just around the corner, his brother’s house is also decorated to the nines. But Ross swears he did not grow up in a house filled with such displays.

And don’t expect such an eye-catching array come Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.

“We decorate the inside,” said Randy. “But Halloween is sort of our holiday.”

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