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People can't stop watching this Halloween 'monster garage' go up and down

by Scott Stump / / Source: TODAY

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An Ohio woman came up with a monstrous idea for how to decorate her garage this Halloween.

Amanda Destro Pierson, 36, turned the automatic door into the mouth of a monster, and people are mesmerized by watching it go up and down. The video she posted on Facebook has been watched more than 20 million times.

"It's ridiculous,'' Pierson told TODAY about all the attention. "I've been laughing a lot about it. I've always wanted a house so that I could decorate it for Halloween, which I love doing more than for Christmas."

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Pierson got the idea from similar designs she found on Pinterest and decided to try it out on her family's home in Parma, Ohio, near Cleveland. She spent about 10 hours putting it together two weekends ago.

"I had a weekend off and just thought, 'I want to have a monster house,''' she said.

It took her about five hours to paint it, another couple hours to cut out the design and "about five trips to the craft store," she joked.

After sketching out the design, she hand-painted everything on craft foam and used duct tape to hold the teeth in place. She hung the eyes using siding hooks and fishing line.

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Pierson is a professional face painter and graphic designer, and she and her husband, Andrew, and stepdaughter Kylee, 13, usually dress up in elaborate costumes for Halloween.

She's gotten so many questions about the house that she's looking to put together a kit for sale next Halloween.

"People have been honking their horns and waving when they see it,'' Pierson said. "I would say it's just about all been positive."

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