2-Story Pirate Ship Emerges From Ohio Home, Baffles Neighbors

Oct 11, 2013 9:05am


If you like to decorate your home for Halloween with pumpkins and fake spider webs, prepare yourself, because the bar has officially been raised.

One house in Lorain, Ohio, has a lifelike, two-story shipwreck crashing through the back between the house and the garage. It’s the brainchild of Ricky Rodriguez, who comes up with a bigger and better idea each year.

“All the trick-or-treaters are excited,” Rodriguez, 39, told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “We’re going to have everyone dressed in pirate costumes and have a big pirate-themed party.”

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The entire project took Ricky and his brother, Tony, two weeks to build.

“It looks like a lot of work but it came together pretty quick,” said Rodriguez. “I had all the extra wood and everything. We’d get off work and come here a couple hours a day and started putting it together.”

His brother was totally on board with the pirate-filled plan.

“He [Ricky] comes up with all these things in his head,” Tony Rodriguez told ABC affiliate newsnet5. “He doesn’t put anything on paper or nothing. He’s like, ‘Tony, we have to go big, or go home.’”

The home in question belongs to their mom, Reina Isabel Rodriguez, who is also a good sport about all the elaborate decorating.

“She thinks it’s crazy,” Ricky Rodriguez said. “A lot of people are driving from hours away to see it. She enjoys the attention. The pictures don’t even do it justice.”

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The attention to detail with peeled back shingles, bent gutters and even a broken foundation is so remarkable it prompted a confused home inspector to stop by.

“The city inspector came by and first he wanted to know what we were doing,” Rodriguez recalled. “When I told him it was a Halloween display, he wanted to know why I’d tear up the house, and I said, ‘I didn’t, it just blends right in.’ He was just in awe. He said he never saw anything like this before.”

All the spooky skeleton pirates adorning the huge, haunted ship turn plenty of heads, which thrills Rodriguez.

“Everybody enjoys it,” he said. “Just seeing everyone drive by and the smiles on their faces; they take double takes and turn around and come back around the block. The look on everyone’s faces makes me happy.”

Rodriguez, who has never worked construction professionally a day in his life, is constantly questioned on how he plans to top his pirate ship decoration next year.

“I don’t know yet, but I’ll figure it out,” the PepsiCo truck driver said. “I guess I have to start thinking now.”

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