The inside of Greg Oltmanns garage is brimming with nostalgia and ingenuity. For years, Greg has amassed a treasure trove of mismatched tubes, lights and one-of-a-kind concoctions in pursuit of a youthful obsession.
“You can go out and buy these things, but do you want to be like everybody else in the neighborhood? No, you don't wanna do that!”
Each year, in the weeks leading up to Halloween, Greg diligently creates his interpretation of the classic 1931 monster film, “Frankenstein.” The movie was a big part of his childhood and he remains captivated by the huge sound stages and real working props that went into the making of the film.
“Not only is it classical movie history but it portrays the way that things were back then.”
Greg collects a hodgepodge of scraps all year long. His creations are of mix of artistry and engineering... with a good dose of camp. Greg’s ultimate goal is for Halloween to be a night of extreme fun.
Come Halloween night, his driveway in filled with droves of trick-or-treaters. Many come back each year to discover something bigger or better than the Halloween before.
“It really, it touches you,” he said. “It's like, ‘wow! I must be doing something right,’ you know, otherwise they wouldn't be coming back."
Check out the Oltmanns’ House of Frankenstein at 590 110th Avenue NW, Coon Rapids.