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The Haunting of Clement Ave.

For most of the year, the house at 2943 S. Clement Avenue goes unnoticed, but once October rolls around, neighbors are in for a scary treat because that’s when Andy Reid and Jamie Beauchamp turn their yard into A & J’s Halloween House. According to Andy, it’s a “fun, imaginative way to celebrate this holiday season.”

Not only is the display fun, but it also serves as a way to raise money for Pathfinders. Onlookers are able to leave donations in a drop box outside of the house, or donate online through a GoFundMe page. Andy said, “I feel it's society’s obligation to help take care of those in need within our community.”

He also believes that it’s important to ensure that youth in the community have a bright future. “What better way than to show those younger and in need that the world can be a better place? With hope, those youth grow to return the circle of charity, care, and love that they have been shown and given.”

‍Photo from the A & J’s Halloween House Facebook page.

Andy and Jamie chose Pathfinders as their charity of choice after it was recommended by several of their friends. “We tried other organizations, but Pathfinders we found to be the easiest to work with and definitely the most gracious.”

In August, the team gets to work with plywood, nail guns, pain, chicken wire, staples, and whatever else they can get their hands on. “It’s always more or less just diving in to see what can be done.”

The theme of the display changes each October and this year’s decorations are political. Andy said, “I've wanted to do an election year display for years. It just so happened to be pretty good timing this time around.”

Last year the theme was Wizard of Oz. Andy remembers being met with a surprise on his way to breakfast one morning. “As we came down our front stairs, here is standing a woman we did not know, in our display, dressed in the most perfect Glinda costume.” He continued, “She was so excited about our display that she just had to come out in full garb to take pics.”

‍Andy and Jamie posing with last year’s Wizard of Oz display
‍Last year’s Wizard of Oz display.

The haunted attraction has become a community staple. Andy said, “There were a couple years during the recession when we did not do the displays and in turn received some anonymous letters from people asking us why we weren't doing them anymore and if we could please start them up again.”

To Andy, the real magic of Halloween is seeing people, young and old, enjoy themselves. “I see a lot of children's eyes light up with amazement when looking at our displays, but the best are the adults. Their eyes seem to light up even bigger and it's such a true, genuine emotion to witness that you can't help but feel the happiness.”

For more information, please visit the A & J’s Halloween House Facebook page.

Community Voices

The Haunting of Clement Ave.

For most of the year, the house at 2943 S. Clement Avenue goes unnoticed, but once October rolls around, neighbors are in for a scary treat because that’s when Andy Reid and Jamie Beauchamp turn their yard into A & J’s Halloween House. According to Andy, it’s a “fun, imaginative way to celebrate this holiday season.”

Not only is the display fun, but it also serves as a way to raise money for Pathfinders. Onlookers are able to leave donations in a drop box outside of the house, or donate online through a GoFundMe page. Andy said, “I feel it's society’s obligation to help take care of those in need within our community.”

He also believes that it’s important to ensure that youth in the community have a bright future. “What better way than to show those younger and in need that the world can be a better place? With hope, those youth grow to return the circle of charity, care, and love that they have been shown and given.”

‍Photo from the A & J’s Halloween House Facebook page.

Andy and Jamie chose Pathfinders as their charity of choice after it was recommended by several of their friends. “We tried other organizations, but Pathfinders we found to be the easiest to work with and definitely the most gracious.”

In August, the team gets to work with plywood, nail guns, pain, chicken wire, staples, and whatever else they can get their hands on. “It’s always more or less just diving in to see what can be done.”

The theme of the display changes each October and this year’s decorations are political. Andy said, “I've wanted to do an election year display for years. It just so happened to be pretty good timing this time around.”

Last year the theme was Wizard of Oz. Andy remembers being met with a surprise on his way to breakfast one morning. “As we came down our front stairs, here is standing a woman we did not know, in our display, dressed in the most perfect Glinda costume.” He continued, “She was so excited about our display that she just had to come out in full garb to take pics.”

‍Andy and Jamie posing with last year’s Wizard of Oz display
‍Last year’s Wizard of Oz display.

The haunted attraction has become a community staple. Andy said, “There were a couple years during the recession when we did not do the displays and in turn received some anonymous letters from people asking us why we weren't doing them anymore and if we could please start them up again.”

To Andy, the real magic of Halloween is seeing people, young and old, enjoy themselves. “I see a lot of children's eyes light up with amazement when looking at our displays, but the best are the adults. Their eyes seem to light up even bigger and it's such a true, genuine emotion to witness that you can't help but feel the happiness.”

For more information, please visit the A & J’s Halloween House Facebook page.