Near the end of every October,
families begin to carve their
decoration for the little visitors
who will arrive on Halloween eve.
To Kyrene Corridor residents
Kevin and LeNetta Leger,
however, there’s more fun to be had
during this fleeting season of
ghosts, goblins, witches and
So, for the eighth year, the Legers’
back yard at 6402 W. Kent Drive will
be converted into a haunted house
that has become the talk of the
Last year, LeNetta says, more than
1,000 guests paid a visit.
In order to provide a way for
children and parents to enjoy
Halloween in a safe and fun
environment, the Legers create a
maze of Halloween scenes that are
designed to amuse—and occasionally
frighten—even the most stoic of
According to LeNetta, this year’s
haunted house will feature such
attractions as Egyptian mummies, a
graveyard, a fortune teller and
The biggest surprise, a pleasant one
at that, is not a monster lurking
around a corner but the Legers’
decision to use the proceeds to
benefit a local charity.
Although admission is free,
donations will go to Improving
Chandler Area Neighborhoods, which
provides free out-of-school programs
that help youth become more
productive, self-confident, and
This is not where the charity from
the event stops, however.
Intel, Kevin Leger’s employer,
matches the amount raised by the
haunted house and donates the
proceeds to Valley of the Sun United
Way’s Results that Matter Fund.
According the LeNetta, last year’s
haunted house raised nearly $1,200.
With the help of Intel, $2,400 was
donated to charity.
“We will also have an overhead
projection in front of the house
explaining what ICAN is,” LeNetta
Christy McClendon, says
the haunted house has benefited the
“This event has become a favorite
among ICAN youth,” McClendon said.
“Not only does our community have a
safe place to enjoy the fun of
Halloween, but along the way ICAN
teens learn about planning and
organizing a fundraising event.”
17, volunteers to help with the
Legers to add construct the haunted
house. Along with other teens from
ICAN, she volunteers weekly to help
paint and decorate. She even gets to
join in on the fun when it is time
to scare visitors.
“Last year it was really fun,”
Kulitea said. “Usually we get to put
masks on and sometimes escort little
kids through the haunted house.”
One of the newest features for this
year’s haunted house is a torture
chamber. According to LeNetta, the
display will have hand made devices
such as shackles and a guillotine.
“We try to add things to keep the
people who are waiting in line
entertained,” LeNetta said.
This year’s haunted house will be
open from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 27, and again on Saturday, Oct.
28, and Monday, Oct. 30.
However, don’t get any ideas about
visiting the haunted house on
Halloween; the Legers say they’ll
get some rest and enjoy simply
handing out candy to