Covington Park Resident Helps Stave Off Hunger With Haunt

Join the Decker family in Covington Park on Halloween at their haunted garage.
Join the Decker family in Covington Park on Halloween at their haunted garage.

Staff Report

This Halloween, not only will there be the traditional Halloween Trick-or-Treat at the Covington Park clubhouse on Thursday, October 31 from 5-8 p.m., but there is also going to be a garage-haunt nearby at 7620 Hampshire Garden Pl. in the Bristol subdivision. Already known for big scares, this year the family is making it even bigger by not only expanding the haunt, but by reaching out to the community. The Haunt promises to be a “spooky” experience for kids ages 7 and under between the hours of 6 and 7p.m. From 7-9:30 p.m., there will be larger scares for the older crowd.

Covington resident, Tiffany Decker, and family will host the haunt. Decker said, “Last year, I decided that this would be the year that we could finally do our haunt. I went a step further and said to myself, if as many people I had last year visit the haunt also brought a can of food, which could be a big help to the community and an idea was born.” The family is requesting that all persons wanting to do the walk-through bring at least one non-perishable food item per person, but it is not required. The food will be distributed to the food banks across Apollo Beach in time for Thanksgiving. If you are unable to participate by going to the haunt on Halloween, but would like to donate food to the community, donations are currently being accepted now through October 31. You can drop off the food at the haunt location between 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.; there will be a bin (but no scares).

“When people ask me why I am doing this, I totally draw a blank because I feel like it is just something that needs to be done and I do it. I am just trying to do my part in my community. I have had to go to food pantries, the Red Cross, the Ronald McDonald House in my young life. They were all helpful when I needed them most, and I knew that I had to step it up, in my own way, to give back for what I was given. You know, pay it forward,” noted Decker.

Visit the Covington Haunt – Apollo Beach Facebook page for decorating tips, and to list your own haunt. Please feel free to add your own pictures and tips as well. If you can help the Deckers by contributing time, acting ability, building materials, or Halloween decorations for the event, please contact Tiffany Decker at tiffanyldecker@yahoo.com.

Please park at the circle and not on the street and respect the neighbors grass by staying off of it.