A Southington man celebrates Halloween each year by hosting his very own haunted house.
Jeff Donis said he loves Halloween and also enjoys building things. A few years ago before Halloween started, Donis told his wife he was going to build a haunted house from scratch at their home on Eden Street.
"She thought I meant a small house and she came back from the weekend and found an actual house standing in our front yard," Donis said. "And she was freaking out, like what is this?"
Last year, around 800 people including many of Donis' neighbors lined up to explore what was inside the haunted house.
"You know, you have to tell yourself it's not real," neighbor Nelson Berube said. "But, it's still fun nonetheless."
This year, the theme of the house will be "The haunt on Eden Street."
"This is not going to be your haunted house with drapes hanging off the walls or plastic bags on the walls, it's not that kind of a haunt," Donis said. "We try to do a professional haunt here and we really try to scare you."
Despite his excitement, Donis said he still has a lot of work to do before the house opens on Friday.
The haunted house will be in full-fright mode on Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday will be toned down in order for children to explore the house as well. The house is open Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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