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There’s a to-die-for Hal­loween dis­play not far from the city lim­its.

IF YOU’RE DRIV­ING along Holy Hill Road near Hu­ber­tus and spot a small crowd stand­ing by the side of the road, don’t be spooked.

They are just there to gawk at the tableau of skele­tons in the yard of 5256, art­fully ar­ranged by diehard Hal­loween fan Jimmy Zam­zow.

About 20 years ago, Zam­zow re­ceived a pair of life-size, fully ar­tic­u­lated plas­tic skele­tons as a gift. In­stead of stuff­ing them in a closet some­where, he started dis­play­ing the bony clones on a small patch of State High­way 167 frontage dur­ing the Hal­loween sea­son.

In 2009, he cre­ated the first of his more elab­o­rate dis­plays – “Bone Deans” paid homage to the pop­u­lar Waukesha band the BoDeans and fea­tured lights, mu­sic and fake skele­tons with real in­stru­ments. Last year’s “Stair­way to Heaven or High­way to Hell” in­cor­po­rated a full-size set of stairs and an arched bridge. This year’s as-yet-un­ti­tled dis­play, ru­mored to in­volve race cars, runs from midOc­to­ber through early Novem­ber.

Zam­zow, a pro­fes­sional car­pen­ter who builds much of the dis­plays him­self, says that, de­spite their fo­cus on Hal­loween, they’re in­tended to be “cute and funny, not gory or of­fen­sive.”

If you can’t see the show in per­son, visit the Holy Hill Skele­tons Face­book page.

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