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Haunted houses to line streets of San Clemente during Halloween night

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By Eric Heinz

Pirates and mythical creatures have taken over the home at 805 S. Ola Vista.

Wrapped all the way from the bottom of the home to the top of the chimney stack, Jim Bieber’s house opens a portal to imagination every two years when he decorates for Halloween.

Most of the decorations were handmade by Bieber, with the exception of the masks and other plastic stagecraft.

Beiber said he’s been decorating the house like this for 10 years.

“(The residents) of Avenida Barcelona said that everyone does something for Halloween, and we didn’t want to be left out,” Bieber said. “It takes about five days to do, but every year I’ll add something new and that takes another couple days.”

The tentacle that wraps around the chimney is the latest addition to the haunted house.

“Everyone seems to enjoy the pirate theme, so I’m stuck with that until I’m old and gray,” he said, adding his children also help out with putting the decorations together.

A fake canon is ignited periodically from the top balcony of the home, and Bieber’s daughter is usually on watch for anything that may go wrong, while his son helps with any carpentry.

Bieber said because of the home’s popularity during Halloween, he said he has to buy about two grocery bags worth of candy.

In addition to the holiday decorations, Bieber said he and his family will collect donations to benefit Liberty in North Korea during Halloween night, Oct. 31.

Along with the Ola Vista home, many of the homes on Avenida Barcelona are elaborately decorated during Halloween.

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