Meet the Man Behind the Annual Holy Hill Skeleton Display

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If you have ever driven down Holy Hill Road near Hubertus during the month of October, you’ve likely experienced it for yourself: Cars lining the road and crowds of people crossing to get a get a better look at a yard full of skeletons arranged in some elaborate display.

The first year I was there, there was a speed boat on the grass pulling skeletal water skiers in bikinis. The next year was skeletons working out on a variety of exercise equipment. After that was Dancing with the Stars skeleton edition, followed by last year’s bony Wizard of Oz.

The macabre mind behind the annual Halloween display is Jimmy Zamzow, whom I had the pleasure of meeting over the weekend. He just happened to be putting the finishing touches on this year’s masterpiece Saturday when we stopped to see what hilarious scene he had dreamed up this time.

Holy Hill Skeletons creator Jimmy Zamzow
Holy Hill Skeletons creator Jimmy Zamzow

The new display, even bigger than the last, is called Die Hard Football Fans – a deadly match between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. Jimmy still had a sign to finish and some anorexic cheerleaders to put in place but, as he put it, the living kept stopping to take pictures.

Crowds gather to see the Holy Hill skeleton display

Zamzow, undoubtedly the reigning skeleton king of Wisconsin, has been putting bones in compromising positions for years. You shouldn’t expect anything less from a man who once shaved precisely half his body, beard included, to go as a hermaphrodite for a Halloween party. His first large display was the Bone Deans in 2009 – a stage with five full-size skeletons playing real instruments.

This year, there’s a whole cheering grandstand of the rowdy dead.

The build usually begins about a month in advance, Jimmy told me. He decides on a concept, digs the skeletons out of his closet, and starts buying up whatever props he might need – lawnmowers, treadmills, drum kits. This year, he took a trip to Minnesota to get all the Vikings gear.

Each year gets bigger and more detailed. Last year’s Oz scene featured a yellow brick road and a cornfield with stairs where visitors could stand to take photos beside Dorothy and her undead friends. This year, the game includes a bench where fans can sit to get in on the action.

Holy Hill Skeletons 2015

Undead Packers and Vikings go head to head in this year’s annual skeleton Halloween display by mastermind Jimmy Zamzow.

Brett Farve skeleton

Wisconsin undead cheesehead

Skeleton football coach

Skeleton Packers fans

Green Bay Packers skull

Another undead cheesehead

Jimmy Zamzow's Halloween Holy Hill Skeletons Skull Bowl

Skeleton Minnesota Vikings fans

Undead Vikings

If you’re going to visit the display, Jimmy asks that you be careful on the road. It is a busy highway, and he’s seen a few accidents. Also, the sheriff was putting up no parking signs as we left, so you will have to park in the parking lot across the road.

Be sure to visit the Treeghost Country Store while you’re there!



2 Comments

  1. Jackie Herning October 13, 2015 Reply

    We stopped at this display on Sunday and Mr. Zamzow was out putting spray paint on one of the skeletons. He and his wife took the time to talk to us and it was much appreciated. We live in the area and are talking up the display to family and friends. Thank you for all you do, you add a lot to people’s lives with your fun display. Jackie Herning

  2. I have driven past these displays many times in the autumn and have always been amused. Thank you so much, Mr. Jimmy Zamzow! Your creativity is much appreciated! :) Thanks for the great article and pictures.

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