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Lorain Halloween display comes from Earth's core

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    Ricky and Marlene Rodriguez's home at 30th Street and Tacoma Avenue in Lorain has morphed to include a pirate ship, a train and now a digging machine poking through the driveway. The home is an annual attraction for neighbors and passers-by within the city.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Ricky and Marlene Rodriguez's home at the corner of 30th St. and Tacoma Ave., in Lorain, has morphed from a pirate ship, to a train and now into a digging machine poking through the home's driveway. The home is an annual attraction for neighbors and passersby within the city.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Ricky and Marlene Rodriguez's home at the corner of 30th St. and Tacoma Ave., in Lorain, has morphed from a pirate ship, to a train and now into a digging machine poking through the home's driveway. The home is an annual attraction for neighbors and passersby within the city.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Ricky and Marlene Rodriguez's home at the corner of 30th St. and Tacoma Ave., in Lorain, has morphed from a pirate ship, to a train and now into a digging machine poking through the home's driveway. The home is an annual attraction for neighbors and passersby within the city.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Ricky and Marlene Rodriguez's home at the corner of 30th St. and Tacoma Ave., in Lorain, has morphed from a pirate ship, to a train and now into a digging machine poking through the home's driveway. The home is an annual attraction for neighbors and passersby within the city.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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LORAIN — Residents Ricky and Marlene Rodriguez outdid themselves again this Halloween season.

For the eighth year, the Rodriguez family transformed part of their property into a Halloween attraction — with this year’s theme stemming from movies such as “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “The Core.”

A large digging machine is “poking” through the driveway with rock and other Earth-type debris surrounding the base, and skeletons making their way to the apex.

“I’ve always wanted something coming through the ground,” Ricky Rodriguez said Friday night.

In year’s past, the house has morphed from a pirate ship to a train, plus other quirky creations.

This year’s Halloween attraction took the couple six weeks to build — and it was all done freehand. There were no sketches, plans or photos — just Ricky Rodriguez’s creative mind and wood.

Lots and lots of wood.

“It’s all made out of wood and I reuse stuff from past projects,” he said, noting the cost of this year’s project was roughly $200.

While he is the mastermind behind the project, his wife helps any ways she can — which is usually cutting wood and painting.

“We work good together and we have fun,” Marlene said.

Ricky said constructing Halloween-themed displays allows for his creativity to flow while bringing happiness to others.

“It’s a lot of fun, and I like working with my hands,” he said. “A lot of people come back year after year.”

By far, his own favorite attraction was the pirate ship, but each display has its own scope of fright.

And that is the reason he keeps coming up with new ideas — it’s the reaction of others that causes him to rebuild year after year.

“People knock on my door and ask questions, or I go outside and they ask me how it was built and what it is made out of,” Ricky said.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.



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