Looking for a really good scare Halloween night and a safe neighborhood in Shelby Township to take your kids trick-or-treating?
Visit a 2,000-square-foot homemade haunted house, located at 48037 Remer Street, which is off Van Dyke Avenue between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.
“Expect to be scared. There are chainsaw scenes, cemetery scene and butcher scene,” said homeowner Daniel Jagoda.
Volunteers will be running the haunted house during trick-or-treating hours. The house is free to enter. However, any monetary donations collected will be donated to the mother of one of the organizers, who is currently battling cancer.
Also, Jagoda said they are accepting can food donations at the home, which will be brought to the Salvation Army.
Beware: Jagoda said in the past, the haunted house has attracted hundreds of visitors and wait times up to two hours.
However, he said this year, he thinks the turnout will be a little lighter because the weather is expected to be damp and chilly.
Haunted House is Labor of Love
Jagoda, his girlfriend, Nicky Sanchez and two friends, Shawn Smith and Doug Cook have spent the last three weeks transforming his backyard into a tunnel of terror, a house of horrors and a land of sorrows.
“Oh I love it,” said the 29-year-old Shelby Township man. “Anything that has to do with art is awesome, and scaring adults is my absolute favorite. I don’t like making kids scared and cry—but it happens sometimes.”
For Jagoda, going all out for Halloween runs in his blood.
“My parents would dress up as 9-foot skeletons and sneak up on people in the yard. I stopped going to school on Halloween and trick-or-treating when I was 12 so that I could set up my yard."
Jagoda has found his match in his friends. He said Smith has been creating legendary haunted houses for the past decade and between the friends, they’ve amassed anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000 worth of scary Halloween props.
Looking for a Good Trick-Or-Treating Sub?
Jagoda said his subdivision is also a good location to go trick-or-treating because it spans nearly a mile in each direction, the homes are close together and it connects to a subdivision with larger homes that are “known for giving out full candy bars,” he said.
In addition, Jagoda said many of the roads in his subdivision are dead ends, which is good because there is not a lot of through traffic.
If you visit the haunted house, let Patch know how it was in the comment section.