For the holidays, there’s no skimping when it comes to decorations for Phil Lomker and Lindsey Kester. In the past five years, the couple has continued to add to their festive decor at their downtown Sequim home on West Prairie Street.
At Halloween and Christmas time, the household packs their front yard with everything from inflatables to homemade gravestones.
“There’s nothing I love more than seeing kids happy,” said Lomker, a delivery driver and local disc jockey (aka “DJ Lumpy”).
Growing up in the countryside, Lomker said he didn’t have trick-or-treaters on Halloween, so when he moved to downtown Sequim it was a whole new experience.
The family typically starts decorating around their daughters’ birthdays (Abby, 12, and Sierra, 16) in mid-September because it takes a few weeks to decorate.
However, with travel to Abby’s out-of-town soccer games, the family got a little bit of a late start this year, they said.
“It’s a lot of work but it’s fun,” Phil said.
“It is a lot of fun!” Abby agreed.
Halloween is a big tradition in the family as each year their three children at home, including 2-and-a-half-year-old Parker paint new gravestones. Abby and Sierra knew right away where their first stones were in the yard; they’re both painted with bats.
Viewers can spot some blank stones for future years too, Lomker said.
Among the skeletons, gravestones, inflatables and various ghouls are some homemade ghosts from Kester’s mom. Those are Abby’s favorite decoration, while Sierra said she likes the inflatable black cat by the road most.
Halloween is not just a tradition for the family — it’s almost a rite of passage, as Sierra got her first job working at Spirit Halloween this fall.
Lomker said they wanted to make their home even more special to trick-or-treaters a few years ago by offering full-size candy bars.
On Halloween, the family plans to trick-or-treat in downtown Sequim and return around dusk when the house goes into full effect, with spooky lights along with creepy music and a smoke machine greeting visitors.
Halloween has always had an emphasis by the family, Lomker said, and they had to boost their Christmas decorations in recent years because they found themselves on a driving tour for Christmas lights and wanted to live up to expectations.
For the holidays, most decorations are outside because “we want people to see it,” Lomker said.
They’ve gotten so many decorations in the past five years from garage sales and store discounts after the holidays, they’ve become more selective about what comes out, family members said.
Storage is less than you think too, Kester said, as the inflatables and decorations fit in just a few tubs.
And of course the whole family dresses up for Halloween. Last year they were all “Cat in the Hat” characters, and this year, Sierra will be a wolf, Abby a Hippie, Parker and Kester as deer, and Lomker a hunter.
Locals are welcome to trick-or-treat at their home, 221 W. Prairie St., after 5 p.m. (or around dusk) on Halloween, Oct. 31 after 5 p.m., the family said.