HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne's famous "Zombie House" made news not only on TAPinto Hawthorne and other local agencies, but also gained statewide attention leading up to Halloween and the Rodrigues family's elaborate display of ghoulish decorations each year.  Concerns over traffic surrounded the unofficial seasonal event, resulting in some complaints, but ultimately resolving with the Hawthorne Police providing traffic control on the holiday.

With the passing of Halloween, however, Tony Rodrigues, who hails from Portugal, has shifted his monsters out and moved his angels in.  To celebrate the approach of Christmas, the front lawn is beginning to burst with stars, trees, the Holy Family, and Santa.

During a particularly difficult year, where everyone is dealing with the challenges of the pandemic, Lafayette Avenue drivers can get a glimpse of even more holiday spirit.  If Hawthorne residents around town embrace their exterior Christmas decorations with the same enthusiasm as they did on Halloween, locals can look forward to a very festive holiday atmosphere indeed.

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Judy Kopitar contributed to this report.

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