DERRY — This home is a spooky, scary spot for three nights and supports downtown food missions with its haunted happenings and horror-laced spaces.
The annual Redfield Circle of Terror opens this Saturday, Oct. 22, and is a popular haunted attraction at 78 Redfield Circle in Derry.
It’s a free event and open to the public, but donations of nonperishable food items or monetary support is welcome to support several charities.
Wayne Morel, owner of Wayne’s World tattoo business, has enjoyed creating his home-based haunted attraction for the past six years and this year’s spooky space will once again offer an opportunity for people to come by for some horror, fun and community while supporting those in need.
For Morel, Halloween is a year-round interest.
On a recent afternoon visit to Morel’s home, it was time to put finishing touches on the haunted trail that encircles the house, complete with lights, sounds, skulls, dolls, coffins, and natural wooded trails for people to walk while enduring scary and safe haunted happenings.
Morel showed off his all-outdoor walk-thru spaces, pointing out specific areas of interest including the lights and sounds that will be up and moving on opening night.
For Morel, the idea of starting his own neighborhood haunt started as a way to decorate and enjoy Halloween. People in the neighborhood liked what he was doing.
“The first year on Halloween, people would say this is the best house on the block,” Morel said.
The idea to increase the decor and make it more of a benefit to help others took hold.
Morel said he once worked at another haunted house, at the former Victorian Park in Salem.
That work reinforced his love of all things scary and horrific when it came to creating his own personal haunted space.
For a new season, Morel said the process begins early. He gets started once the snow stops, organizing and planning for the next season and putting details and decor in place.
“I try to change it up and add to it every year,” Morel said.
Morel finds props and other materials he needs from Halloween businesses that may be going out of business or he just finds the perfect accent to a trail or spot that is perfect for his ideas.
“It just finds me, it just comes to me,” he said.
That included finding massive, tall skeletons that currently stand watch in his back yard as opening night approaches.
Morel said he has two acres to work with at his Redfield Circle home, but it’s not just around Halloween that he is in the spirit of the season.
Some decor remains all year round, he said.
He also engages the help of others to take on some roles in the haunted areas, placed behind walls, or growling and screaming at the best times as people file through.
The charity haunt draws hundreds every year, Morel said, and last year those attending collectively donated upwards of $2,000 in both food donations and monetary support. and for Morel, it’s something he’ll continue doing.
“As long as people keep coming,” he said.
Opening night is Saturday, Oct. 22, with additional nights set for Oct 29 and 31. Lines form at 7 p.m. The haunted happenings continue until all lines are gone.
Visit Redfield Circle of Terror on Facebook.