South Lake Tahoe couple go all out with haunted ‘zombie’ house |

South Lake Tahoe couple go all out with haunted ‘zombie’ house

Jack Barnwell
The “Zombie House” at 1104 Stockton Ave. is a recurring tradition since 2013. Residents Robert Casebeer and Beckie Amsden go all out, decorating the home with pumpkin-headed witches, grave stones, dummy corpses and cobwebs. This is the last year they are doing it.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Shore residents Robert Casebeer and Beckie Amsden go all out decorating their home for Halloween Eve, which they refer to as “Zombie House.” Located at 1104 Stockton Ave., in South Lake Tahoe, the front yard looks like a scene out of a mishmashed horror film — there are flying pumpkin-headed witches, a dragon, a glowing cauldron, grave stones accompanied by gore-covered crosses, and an assortment of other features.

“The set becomes active at night and scares the living crap out of people, but it’s all in fun,” Casebeer said. “Everything is out of my imagination and 100 percent improv.”

The lighting effects put a chilling touch on the entire scene, according to Casebeer.

“When it lights up, people will feel like they are submerged under water or rocking on a boat,” he said. “I almost wish I had done a pirate theme.”

Casebeer and Amsden use mostly recycled materials for the set, like cardboard and PVC pipes. Some elements — a mock guillotine, for instance — will only be set out during Halloween.

“The only thing that’s missing is my life-size coffin,” Amsden said.

Casebeer and Amsden turned their lawn into a house of horrors for three Halloweens in a row to encourage fun for neighborhood children.

“The kids have some great places to go in town, like Treat Street, but nobody had a really scary house,” he said

According to Casebeer, before the house became a horror fan’s delight in 2013, only 15 kids hit the home up for candy during Halloween.

“Now we have, like, 200 kids coming by and looking at it,” he said.

This is their last year doing it, however, since they plan to move to the Carson Valley. They currently rent their home.

“I may want to try and get this set over to someone else in South Lake Tahoe,” Casebeer said.

The full effects of the house comes alive Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31, and it will be up for a week after, or as weather permits.

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