Haunted houses set dual goals of terrifying and collecting food

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
‘Scary’ Larry Jones, Joanne LaRocque and Al Thibodeau are thrilled to share their creations with the public.
‘Scary’ Larry Jones, Joanne LaRocque and Al Thibodeau are thrilled to share their creations with the public.

If you are daring enough, there are two haunted houses that are ready to make your Halloween season extra terrifying this year. Thrill-masters at 13 and 37 Sun St. in Enfield have been preparing for this season for the past eight weeks.

Al Thibodeau, Joanne LaRocque and “Scary” Larry Jones put their skills together and created another year of thrills and chills for the public. Thibodeau decorated the outside of his property at 13 Sun St., while LaRocque and Jones crafted a frightful maze on the inside of 37 Sun St. With the help of friends and family, the house is prepped for anyone who is ready for a good scare.

“This is a joint effort,” said LaRocque. “My husband, Guy, will be playing a role in the interactive scares of the evenings. There are zombies, ghosts, spiders, freaky clowns and much more to thrill the people with. We have all been working very hard on this project for some time now. I know that it will be better than last year, and many people were so happy with it, they came back. We’re glad to do it all again. The haunted house is open October 18-20, 25-27 and 30-31, and the time will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.”

Upon entering the house, guests will be terrorized by spiders and other creepy mascots of Halloween. As you progress, you will encounter animatronics designed to excite and scare. “We have set up different themes for each room,” said Jones. “It gets more frightening as you go. People will not know what is part of a scene or who is a real person that will jump out at you. Each year there are people that think they are prepared, and then we get them when they are off-guard.”

“I set up my front yard to emulate my band, Shovel Head,” said Thibodeau. “I have a figure for each member of my band. We put a great deal of work into the display. My wife, Laurie, is great at the fine-tuning of the scene and my son, Devin, helps with tormenting people as they approach the house. I am very happy to have them help out with the project.” Halloween has always been special to Thibodeau because his birthday is Oct. 31, and this is his special way of celebrating.

There is no cost to view the haunted house exhibits. It is requested that individuals bring non-perishable food items for the Enfield Food Bank. The goal for this year’s event is to surpass the 600 pounds of food that was collected last year. The exhibit has not started yet, and the group has already raised approximately 100 pounds of food. There are collection boxes in local stores and there will be barrels set up for the donations at the haunted houses.

"Last year we had people show up without food and wanted to donate money, but we would rather not deal with that. We would prefer to only collect non-perishable food,” said LaRocque. “During last year’s haunted house, one woman forgot the food at home. She went through the exhibit, left, and later returned with a big bag of food. That was wonderful.”

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