This time of year, the Fields’ house in Cape Coral transforms from a home to Terror on 20th. What started out as a small graveyard has grown over the past 17 years.
“This is the Fields Family Funeral Home and we are selling funerals,” Jason Fields said. “We are constantly building things, so it’s my hobby during the year.”
Tombstones, skeletons, caskets, complete with a hearse named Morticia. Set up takes four weeks.
“There’s no way we could pull off something this big without friends,” Fields said. As many as 30 volunteers help build the funeral home. Around 25 help the night of the haunt.
Brave souls are encouraged to come out Halloween night to walk along the dead from dusk until 10 p.m.
“We’re standing inside where there are going to be lots of surprises. The Pallet Maze is the grand finale of the haunt,” he said.
The Fields’ funeral home won’t cost you an arm or a leg — just a few canned goods to give back to charity.
“We want to be that house, we want to bring Halloween back to the families,” Fields said. “This is my Christmas, when my wife asks me what I want for Christmas, I’m looking up Halloween props.”
The haunted house is only open Halloween night. Between 700 and 800 people went through the haunted house last year. The family collected about a thousand pounds of food to donate to the food bank.