Retired auto engineer uses his mechanical know-how to gear up a ghoulish garage

Haunted garage delights trick-or-treaters

NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - A creepy, crawling mummy greets you as you enter Les Osenkowski's garage. 

The 63-year-old retired Chrysler body engineer makes it move using small motors.

"This was a kid's remote control car. I took the circuit boards out.  I got it in a flea market," explained Osenkowski.

"It turns a mummy into an action figure," he smiled.

He is all about the action.  WIth a flip of a switch, he triggers motorized monsters into spine-tingling motion.

His newest creation took him months to create.

"This floating sarcophagus is made entirely of cardboard, styrofoam, and odds and end pieces," said Osenkowski.

A car window motor tips the sarcophogus, opens the lid, and pops out a skeleton.

That is one of nine moving exhibits packed into the three-car garage.  

Les Osenkowski has been creating the neighborhood haunt for five years.

His wife Pat painted the detailed sarcophogus.

When asked if the hobby keeps him out of trouble, she laughed and said yes.

"He works hard on this.  I'm very proud of him," said Pat. 

So why does he do it?

"I do it for the joy," he quickly answered. "When the children come by, they're really wide-eyed.  They love it."

The Osenkowskis' haunted garage is only open on Sunday, October 31st.

The home is located on Deep Hollow Circle in The Ravines subdivision off Sheldon Road in Northville Township, Michigan.


The tour is free to trick-or-treaters young and old.