Forget about pumpkins. Think pirates. That’s what Tony Neskovski did when he began planning this year’s Halloween theme for his Atwater Village home, which is almost hidden behind a 25-foot wide facade of a pirate ship made from sheets of plywood, PVC pipe cannons, hand-painted sails and a crows nest about as tall as his two-story Gardenside Lane home.
A skeleton crew (sorry, could not avoid that) of pirates steer the ship’s wheel and greet visitors from the gangplank that stretches above the entry. Off to the side, another pirate sits in a dingy filled with shiny coins.
It took Neskovski, a 33-year-old carpenter and contractor, about two days to build and assemble most of the pirate ship, which sits in the driveway and is braced to the garage. He’s had experience building pirate ships before, having worked on the “Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida.
The Neskovski driveway has become known in the neighborhood for serving as a stage for elaborate Halloween fantasies that attract 300 to 400 trick-or-treaters. One year it was a castle with a dragon. Another year it was a circus. There was also a space ship.
Why does Neskovski go to all the trouble? The answer is very simple and straightforward. “I like building stuff,” he said. “My son likes pirates.”