MONTVILLE TWP. — Every Halloween a local family gives new meaning to the phrase “trick or treat.”
The treat: Michael and Janet Duluc turn their family’s home into a two-story “haunted” house, complete with an intricate backyard maze.
The trick: The party helps Cameron Duluc, who has special needs, overcome his social anxiety and other children to accept him for who he is.
“This whole party is for Cameron,” Michael Duluc said.
The family invites the entire fifth-grade class at Sidney Fenn Elementary School where the 10-year-old Duluc triplets, Cameron, McKenzie and Justin, are enrolled.
The Dulucs also invite all the special needs children who attend Sidney Fenn to the celebration.
Since 2006, Michael Duluc has built the progressively bigger Halloween party his children and their friends look forward to each year.
During the party, around 60 costumed kids roamed through the house and the maze. Fog machines and strobe lights transformed the backyard into a creepy playland, and a trip through the maze with a group of fifth graders turned into a scream-fest.
Duluc created the maze with poly sheeting, which is “basically a big trash bag,” he explained. “That’s what takes the longest.”
The family begins decorating the house in September.
Duluc estimated it took 140 double A batteries, 300 hours and a hefty electric bill to pull the night off, not to mention the morning-after cleanup.
“I find so many remnants the day after,” Duluc said.
Janet Duluc said the neighbors have never complained about the noise. In fact, “the neighbors have a party to watch our party,” she said.
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