Haunt Home expected to welcome thousands on Halloween night
BY: Kori Sciandra | October 25, 2012
TONAWANDA - For almost 15 years, sisters Heather Reash and Rebecca Stock, of Tonawanda, have been setting the scene with ghosts, ghouls and goblins at Reash’s Edgewood Avenue home in celebration of Halloween night.
The scenery, filled with movies favorites like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers; mad scientists; a never ending well; a tarot card reader; mummies; werewolves; and skeletons is quite the sight to see.
“Every year we add to it. We build a few more props and it gets bigger and bigger,” said Reash.
Reash learned to build motors for the props by looking at different how-to websites throughout the ears. The pair, with the assistance of their other sisters, spend all of October creating the haunt home.
“We always had a lot of decorations on Halloween,” said Reash. “I had gotten motors one year and realized I could hook them up to the dummies to make them move. From there, it just kept getting bigger. We continued to make different dummies so that more would move.”
In addition to a lifelike Michael Myers, this years movable props include a devil with a spinning head, a werewolf and more.
The decorations at 114 Edgewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, has earned the title as Edgewood Manor. It’s growth each year attracts thousands of trick-or-treaters who come to see the mysterious creatures and live actors come to life on Halloween night.
“Over the years people have actually brought things by for us to put in our yard,” said Reash.
As members of the group Terror Technologies, Reash and Stock have been involved with charity events for quite some time now. This year, and in past years, Edgewood Manor is in conjunction with the Western New York Food Bank and will be collecting donations of canned foods and non-perishable items this Halloween. Trick-or-treaters can bring their bag of donations with them and drop it off as they enter the yard of the haunt home. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to the food bank.
“We know we are in a neighborhood with a lot of little kids, so it’s not too scary,” said Reash. “Some of the props are a little scary, but we try to make it so that it does not scare the little kids on Halloween night.”
Stop by Edgewood Manor to see the eerie scene and creative creatures as you head to the streets on Halloween night.
Trick-or-treating hours for the Town of Tonawanda are from 5 to 8:30 p.m.