Haunted house has giving hands
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Monday, October 29, 2012
10/29/12 at 4:38 AM
Michael Krebs keeps his electric chairs in the garage.
For several years, he's gone all out for Halloween, including building a guillotine and turning his front yard into a graveyard.
He's physically involved in the fright fest himself, dressing in costume and carrying a modified chain saw.
"The blade's off of it, so no one gets hurt," he assured.
People call him "the Halloween guy," said Krebs, a Tulsa firefighter who lives on Fifth Street near Juneau Street in the Country Lane Estates subdivision of Broken Arrow.
Instead of doing something strictly for trick-or-treaters, though, Krebs is building a charitable component into this year's fun by asking folks to drop off canned food items that he will donate to the local Salvation Army.
As far as he knows, his is the only house in Oklahoma tied to the annual "Haunts Against Hunger" food drive, where families spook-up and ghoul-out their homes to attract more trick-or-treaters and, hopefully, donations for whatever organization they pick.
Krebs chose the Salvation Army, which has a special place in his heart considering the work the organization does for firefighters, "bringing us food and drinks during large emergency incidents," he said.
Krebs remembers how fun it was seeing other homes decorated for Halloween, and he thought it would be fun to start doing that for his kids and others in the neighborhood. So his home because "The Old Country Lane Graveyard," he said, haunted by those who died at his full-sized gallows.
This haunted garage has two electric chairs, one of which includes a victim receiving "the shock of his life," Krebs joked. You can count on zombies, the Grim Reaper and a certain chain saw-wielding maniac - who just happens to have a big heart.
The graveyard - and candy, of course - will be open to trick-or-treaters 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Those who would like to donate canned items before Halloween night, though, may do so, as Krebs started setting up for Halloween over the weekend.
"They'll definitely know which house it is," Krebs said.
Original Print Headline: Haunted house turns receiving into giving
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The owner believes his is the only house in Oklahoma tied to the annual "Haunts Against Hunger" food drive. Courtesy
This haunted garage has two electric chairs, one of which includes a victim receiving "the shock of his life." It's all for a good cause to collect food for the hungry. Courtesy