Home becomes haunted house to benefit CARA

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 06:17 PM

There are precious few days to see a Gulf Street home converted into a site of horror and laughter.

Leatha and James Wood have transformed their 217 N. Gulf St. home into a haunted house for the second year to raise funds for Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption. Admission is $3, or people can donate items from CARA's wish list. The haunted house will continue from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night through Thursday.

"We are animal lovers," James said. "We own pets, and CARA does a great job of protecting animals."

During the haunted house, residents snake through what once was a Victorian home and is now the site of bloody accidents, cannibal suppers and ghostly graveyards. James and Leatha Wood live in the house during its transformation, and James said they sometimes scare themselves.

"We want people, and in particular children, to have an adventure and have fun," he said. "They shouldn't just be scared, but also have fun."

People should leave feeling scared but having a laugh, Leatha said.

"We try to make everything spooktacular," she said.   

No one will be turned away because of money, Leatha noted, but she said she hoped people could at least bring an item or two from CARA's wish list.

Some of the items include:

  • Dog and puppy food
  • Cat and kitten food
  • Cat litter
  • Cat and dog toys
  • Trash bags
  • Bleach
  • Dish detergent
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towel
  • Pet shampoo
  • Collars
  • Dog and cat beds
  • Gift certificates