“I went to a Catholic school and we never celebrated Halloween,” said Shannon Davidson, mother and creative force behind the haunted house.
Located on South Largo Drive, the haunted house begins even before people enter, as the Davidsons’ lawn is full of mock headstones, baby zombies and grisly ghosts.
But the really good scares come upon walking into the garage, where a life-size Michael Myers is wielding a bloody knife as the theme song from the classic Halloween horror movies plays in the background.
Then, walking through cobwebs and past other gruesome looking creatures, such as a demented baby whose head spins 360 degrees, visitors enter the house. Greeted by strobe lights and masked characters, visitors are sure to get a chill up their spine, especially with blood dripping on the walls and sinks of the bathroom. But the Davidsons also make sure their haunted house is age-appropriate.
“We wanted to get kids in the neighborhood involved,” Shannon said.
The Davidsons’ three children, Danielle, Nathen and Noah, ages 9 to 13, enjoy taking part in getting the house ready for Halloween.
Every year the Davidsons spend upward of $1,000 to deck out their house and they change the design every Halloween to keep things fresh. But the family also makes a lot of stuff themselves, such as the ghoulish characters displayed inside and out.
In addition to the aforementioned novelties, visitors will also encounter a blood fountain and a spooky light display, courtesy of Daniel Davidson, husband and electrical guru.
Though much of the legwork is complete, the family was still working on last-minute touches Saturday to get things just right.
“We will be working right up until Halloween,” Shannon said. “We pretty much trick out the whole house.”
Strangely, despite her consuming love of Halloween, Shannon doesn’t really go for horror flicks.
“I do not like scary movies,” she said matter-of-factly.
When it comes down to it, Shannon just enjoys the endeavor of creating a haunted house with her family and providing good entertainment for the neighborhood kids.
“We just want to get back to a time when you didn’t have to worry about where your kids were and who they were getting their candy from,” she said.