It is hard to believe that 15 years ago I set up a haunted house walk-through in my home while my sons were at school. Now, it takes 30 volunteers and a month of preparation to create the Bellevue Avenue Haunted House. This year, a total of 1,134 visitors toured our home and donated $500 to the Mentor Connector Activity Fund.

Thank you, Rutland, for being the type of community where we can raise money for important causes while having fun, and for respecting the work, time and effort that goes into creating such events.

We are fortunate to live in a neighborhood that tolerates the sheer volume of trick-or-treaters the haunted house draws. We have the best neighbors in Rutland.

The Bellevue Avenue Haunted House couldn’t happen without the many volunteers who contribute in so many ways. In addition to thanking our volunteers and neighbors, special thanks also go to: PEGTV, Downtown Rutland Partnership, WJJR – Terry Jaye and Michelle, Thelma & Louise Deli and Sub Shop and the Rutland Herald for publicity; A Signature Day Spa, Tommy and Karen Palumbo, David Wallstrom and Price Chopper for donations; Mission City Church for providing hot chocolate; and the Mentor Connector for providing a third of the volunteers.

A special thank-you goes to my husband, Gary Spaulding, who married into this craziness and who does everything in his power to help make the Bellevue Avenue Haunted House a success.

We hope to post a video of the 2018 haunted house on our website www.boocrewhauntedhouse.com in the coming months.

See you next year!

The Spauldings

Rutland

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