Ryder couple creates Halloween scene at former school building

Submitted Photo Jennifer and Gregg Andreachi are owners of the former Ryder school building.

RYDER – Ghosts, bats, tombstones and more decorate the front of the former Ryder school. Inside there’s a few more creatures of Halloween looming along the staircase.

Jennifer and Gregg Andreachi, owners of the former school on the north end of Main Street in Ryder, have gone all out to decorate for Halloween.

There’s a graveyard of headstones with epitaphs in front of the former schoolhouse along with other Halloween decor. A skeleton hangs from the ceiling of the awning to the building. The couple built many of the items for the display.

The Andreachis bought the 112-year-old school in July. He’s originally from South Florida. Her parents, Jack and Jolene Vermeire, live in nearby Makoti.

Jennifer and Gregg are renovating the former school building with plans to live there in the future.

Submitted Photo The “graveyard” in front of the former school building includes “tombstones” with epitaphs enscribed on them.

Jennifer is also working on submitting an application to the State Historical Society of North Dakota for consideration of the former school building for the National Register of Historic Places.

In the meantime, they’re ready for Halloween and looking forward to trick-or-treaters to stop by on Halloween. Jennifer said plans are to hand out treats in the foyer of the former school building.

Originally, Ryder Public School, it later became North Shore Elementary School. The school was closed at the end of the 2009 school year.

Submitted Photo A skeleton hangs from the ceiling of the awning to the former school building.

Submitted Photo A big black spider clutches the hallway wall while “the butler” stands beside the steps inside the former Ryder school building.


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