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Enfield neighborhood offers Halloween frights for a cause

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Neighbors set up competing haunted houses on Sun Street in Enfield. (WFSB photo) Neighbors set up competing haunted houses on Sun Street in Enfield. (WFSB photo)

Halloween celebrations across the state should go off without a hitch this weekend.

A few homes in Enfield, however, have been celebrating for an entire month and for a good cause.

For 25 years, the residents of Sun Street have been putting on a ghostly show.

Al Thibodeau said he and one of his neighbors started a friendly competition with their lawns and haunted houses. It grew into a neighborhood phenomenon.

"I started off when I moved here and she started and it just got bigger and bigger and bigger," he said.

Up the road from Thibodeau's house, Joanne LaRocque set up a haunted house in her garage.

Both said the whole setup began on Labor Day.

Afterward, the neighbors open their homes to those who share a love for Halloween.

"It's nice to see people come together and enjoy it," Thibodeau said.

Thibodeau is also the drummer for a band called Shovelhead. He said he makes the displays himself. He's had to keep them upright through weather like superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Winter Storm Alfred in 2011.

"These guys were full of snow," he said. "And I have to constantly come out here and fix stuff because they blow over, the heads roll down the street."

"It's just the fun and seeing people enjoying it," LaRocque said. "Some kids go in and start screaming and when we hear the screams we know we've done our job."

They do charge admission.

A few years ago, Thibodeau and LaRocque said they teamed up to collect donations for the Enfield Food Shelf. This year, they said they collected $778 pounds of food. They're hoping to top 2,000.

"They need food all year round, not just certain times of the year," LaRocque said. "Most people concentrate around the holidays and stuff, but they mentioned to us that all around they're looking for food."

A non-perishable food item will get Halloween lovers into both haunted houses on Sun Street.

The neighbors said the houses are open Friday night and Saturday for Halloween. The house numbers are 13 and 37 on Sun Street.

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