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Perry family ready for 12th run of their Halloween tradition

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Perry family ready for 12th run of their Halloween tradition

Don Richmond and Phil Perry make some last minute adjustments to the working guillotine that is just part of the elaborate haunted house that will again be open to the public at 1576 Sage Sparrow A...

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED October 30, 2009 3:08 a.m.
Gerry and Phil Perry were looking forward to just focusing on the fine-tuning of the elaborate haunted house that they’re bringing back for the 12th straight year.

Volunteer Jeff McKee had spent six hours stringing spider webs throughout the tarped area that covered the outside portion, and the graveyard was just starting to take shape.

And then the winds came.

By Tuesday night virtually everything that was outside had been stripped down – the eyelets of the tarp ripped away completely, and the white spider web material bunching up along the temporary wooden supports for the outdoor covering.

But the family’s love for Halloween and the bond of the entire neighborhood have come together to ensure that the unique event that last year drew more than 500 people on Halloween night didn’t blow away.

“We got so many phone calls from people offering support,” said longtime Halloween aficionado Phil Perry. “We’ve had people come by and offer everything from materials to food for the volunteers that make this all possible.

“To see that kind of support from the neighborhood and the community is very encouraging.”

With the sun as a welcome backdrop, work resumed on Thursday with Perry’s longtime friend Don Richmond – one of the other major players in the organization and the construction of the elaborate haunt – on scene to make sure that by tonight at 7 everything was set to go off without a hitch.

New additions that were planned for this year are on the map of the things that the scare-lovers are going to incorporate into the experience, and subtle details have made the house especially ghoulish – from the stack of skulls at the base of the fully working guillotine to the creepy Mona Lisa that hangs on the wall.

But at the end of the day, it’s all about fun for Perry and his team of more than 20 people that will do everything from manning the 10 rooms that visitors will go through to customizing the makeup for all who participate.
And even with everything almost in place there are still boxes and boxes of Halloween items still left in the house.

“We were able to get a lot of Halloween stuff this year from a lady in Roseville that my mother knows and another guy that sold us all of his stuff,” said Perry – who still finds most of his best items at garage sales. “That really gave us a lot of stuff to work with and we’re really looking forward to seeing the line of people outside waiting to come up.”

The Scary Perry Haunted House is located at 1576 Sage Sparrow Avenue. To get there take Airport Way South and turn left on Atherton Avenue. The first right will be Sage Sparrow, and the house is three-quarters of the way down the street on the left. Everything will kick off tonight at 7 and run until there isn’t anyone else in line, and will follow the same format for Saturday’s performance.

Donations will also be accepted to make next year’s show a reality.
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