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Published October 29, 2011, 10:19 PM

Haunted House Gives More than Chills and Thrills

Leonard, ND (WDAY TV) -- The spirit of Halloween is thriving in the small town of Leonard. People are getting their scary fix while helping others.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The spirit of Halloween is thriving in the small town of Leonard. People are getting their scary fix while helping others.

Dave Sneed and his wife Marge spend all year anxiously waiting for Halloween. They have been decorating their backyard spooking people for nearly 12 years.

DAVE: “It started off as a cemetery in the yard with the kids, and it has kind of grown over the years.”

Sneed used to set up tents in the backyard a few years ago, but he figured with the North Dakota wind they just wouldn't do.

DAVE: “After the third year of buying tents, the third year in a row, we were like lets make this permanent then we'll have storage, so we did that, and with the help of friends, and donations”

Over the last few years the haunted house has become bigger, better, and scarier than ever.

The pair hand crafts all the terrifying features like the mirror of souls, the spiders den, and one of the many favorites, the graveyard.

MARGE: “We both have our little areas that we like to do, and I like to try and funk up the graveyard a little bit.”

Not only is this haunted house delivering thrills and chills, it is delivering food to those who need it most.

The Sneed's have never charged an admission fee, all they ask is that you bring a canned good or non perishable food item in exchange for a good scare.

DAVE: “People are always more than generous, it is just good to see you know folks come out and there is too many hungry people in our area.”

The couple says with the canned food donations kids are getting more than just tricks and treats.

MARGE: “I think it does have a really good lesson.”

Both Sneed and his wife say even though their haunted house changes every year, there is one thing that never will, and that's the donation of canned goods.

All donations will go to Kindred High for the Fill the Dome drive.

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