Cameron Morency, 12, left, and his brother, Luke, 10, have fun with some of the props during a trial run of the Morency family's annual 'Haunt for Hunger' campaign, which was started in 2008. (Photos by Max Ortiz)
Southfield — For the sixth straight year, the Morency family will turn their home into a “Haunt for Hunger,” inviting visitors to experience some child-friendly Halloween chills and help feed families in need.
The family’s home at 30233 Rock Creek in Southfield opens at 6 p.m. today for tours and will be open nightly through Nov. 3. Visitors are asked to donate a nonperishable food item to Lighthouse of Oakland County.
Keith Morency said the family was inspired in 2008 to combine a haunted house with a charity drive by his son Cameron, then 8, who “proclaimed he wanted to help hungry children.”
“So we turned what was our Halloween tradition into an attraction visited by hundreds of people that actually helps eradicate hunger in our community,” Morency said.
The display includes a 7-foot-by-10-foot spider web, a two-story-tall Grim Reaper and clown scarecrows stationed at the entrance to the Cranbrook subdivision.
Morency said organizers hope to collect 2,000 food items for Lighthouse, which serves more than 19,000 people a year. “We are especially in need of proteins, like peanut butter, tuna fish and nonperishable boxed milk, as well as canned fruit and vegetables and boxed macaroni and cheese,” said Priscilla Perkins, chief development officer for Lighthouse.
Besides giving food items, visitors to the haunted house also can give money through their mobile phones at www.lighthouseoakland.org/Joomla/index.php/donate.
— Shawn D. Lewis