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'Nightmare earlier than Christmas': Maisie’s Spooky, Magical Christmas Home lights up north Edmonton

Dolynchuk says guests are inspired to convey donations for the Second Likelihood Animal Rescue Society, with a purpose of $10,000

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Halloween is taking up Maisie’s Magical Christmas Home for an additional season and lighting up metropolis streets in north Edmonton.

The “must-see” residence — owned by Jerry Dolynchuk — is decked out in $150,000 value of distinctive lights and decorations and is taken into account one of the distinctive shows within the metropolis. That includes music, fog machines and business animated characters, this 12 months’s theme is “Halloween Invades Maisie’s Magical Christmas Home.”

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The home, positioned at 144 Avenue and 97 Road, is embellished with Christmas and Halloween lights professionally put in by native firm, Darren Does That. Dolynchuk says there are 5 giant bushes within the entrance of the home, and 10 at the back of the home, with every department wrapped with twinkling mini lights that attain as excessive as 65 toes. 

“Yearly, I hold including and including,” he mentioned. “The principle branches are wrapped in lights that twinkle. It’s not just a bit bit of sunshine in there. That’s absolutely the greatest hit on the home.”

Dolynchuk estimates he spent practically $70,000 having the lights professionally put in and so, with the excessive price of set up, the lights keep on the bushes year-round.

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Jerry Dolynchuk’s north Edmonton home seen on Oct. 23, 2023, at 144 Avenue and 97 Road is a vacation spot for Halloween and Christmas. Picture by Shaughn Butts /Postmedia

Dolynchuk says the thought initially got here greater than 20 years in the past when he visited his brother and fell in love with a string of lights on his home. Dolynchuk then wished so as to add lights to his mom’s home, and that’s the place the identify “Maisie” comes from.

“So, dwelling along with her, I wished to hold some lights in the home for her,” he mentioned.

Yr after 12 months, the sunshine show grew larger and greater. It may be seen from the freeway because the 50-year-old home is positioned in a really “excessive publicity visitors space.”

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First, he began decorations for Christmas, however Dolynchuk started including Halloween decorations to the show in 2020. The lights are usually turned on in early October, operating for 3 weeks earlier than switching to Christmas decorations.

“That is our third 12 months of doing Halloween and final 12 months we received town award. They’d a contest and what occurred is individuals stored telling me, ‘How come you don’t do Halloween?’ After which I assumed sooner or later of blending it, and that’s the place I’m. It’s an thought of nightmare earlier than Christmas,” he mentioned.

“November 1st we are available with the vehicles loaded with the Christmas stuff. We shortly pull out the Halloween, and on November 2nd, we’re actually exhibiting the total Christmas show.”

Accepting donations for cats, canines

Dolynchuk likes doing issues for individuals, and the distinctive decorations unleash his inventive spirit.

His final buy for the home was a sweet cane Christmas bench positioned outdoors for individuals to take a seat on and take footage.

“It’s bought all of the candies and all the pieces on it … we’ll have it on time for Christmas,” he mentioned.

Whereas the spectacular decorations are free to see, Dolynchuk says individuals are inspired to donate to assist cats and canines needing a house. Their goal is to gather $10,000.

“We bought an animal charity to seek out properties for pets, cats and canines as a result of my mother liked animals and I really like canines,” he mentioned.

To donate, go to the Second Likelihood Animal Rescue Society’s web site.

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