Newark – There’s no questioning which NFL team Hermann’s family has Newark roots. All you had to do was see Lisa Herman’s front porch and patio at 622 S. Main St.
In the midst of the usual Halloween ghouls and goblins, the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen weighed in as the quarterback — who, instead of jumping over unsuspecting defenders, went airborne over the pumpkins.
And while running at linebackers and defensive backs is another Allen trademark—he’s 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds in real life—this version of the superstar Bill might not be ideal for a big punch. It was nothing but a skeleton under his number 17 jersey.
Then there was a football field with little pumpkins painted in the Bills and Packers colors – 11 on each side – and little goalposts. This display was among a host of other Buffalo-inspired decorations and figures made by Hermann.
Zina Hermann, owner of Lisa’s Unisex Salon, took first place in the Business category at the Village’s annual pumpkin-carving competition, which was held the last week of October.
The best residential entry was Casey VanWinkle of Blakely Court.
She said the Hermann family — which also includes husband, Bill and son, Justin — bleeds Bills.
“We love it. My son loves it,” she said.
Herrmann added a musical element to the Bills motif.
“I listened to ‘Shout’,” she said. “It was really something.”
Herrmann began working on the demos in late September.
“I knew it was going to take a long time to paint everything,” she said. “I used to work on it every day for three or four hours.”
Allen and his favorite receiving target, Stefon Diggs, appeared on Herman’s porch as well.
“It was awful,” she said, “because it sounded so real.” “They looked like real players.”
Herman puts on shows every year for Halloween and other holidays, but this one was different.
“(The bills show) was the biggest show I’ve ever done,” she said.
She said the performances are proof of her creativity.
“I do crafts, make wreaths, cut hair,” she said. “I always have something in front of the house.”
She noted that the screen got a lot of mileage on Buffalo Bills fans’ social media pages.
“It was crazy on Facebook,” she said.
At the time of the show, everything was looking up for Buffalo, who were heading into a game against Green Bay on Oct. 30 flying high. They beat the Packers, underperformed somewhat, and then lost their next two games—the last, heartbreaking and somewhat inexplicable loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Hermann said she was cheered after the Bills took care of Cleveland Sunday at their “home” game in Detroit, where they return on Thanksgiving Day to take on the Lions.
“I feel better,” she said. “I was worrying, like, What’s wrong with Josh? Are his eyes okay?” referring to some bad interceptions he’s thrown in the past two games.
She’s hoping the mid-season nightmare — which somehow happened in her front yard in October — will come to an end. So do all the other Bills fans.