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Halloween horrors

Arlee family turns home into haunted house

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Melissa and Adrian Mahseelah might be getting a better night’s sleep now that Halloween is over. When they expanded their annual haunted house into their home, vampires took over their bedroom. Dinner was still at the family’s table but the plates were filled with guts and eyeballs. Zombie babies set up in the living room.

The family started decorating at the end of August.

“When company comes to visit we have to move things around, but I really just love everything about Halloween,” Melissa, dressed as skull candy, said. She got her kids in on the fun. Chase, 17, Sequoia, 16, and Skyler, 13, helped with last minute decorations. Starr, 8, checked to see if the jumping spider jumped and the werewolf rattled his cage. The backyard became the center for a clown circus where scary clowns perched on swings.   

“Everyone knows clowns are freaky,” Starr said.

Students from the Nkwusm Salish Language School signed the guest book before walking through the house during the day.

“We’ve been here every year they’ve had this,” said Gene Beaverhead, language specialist. “The kids have a blast. Before we come out, we learn Salish words like sxlxlcitw, haunted house, and sqalixwqn, pumpkin.”

Daspianna Lamoose, 5, said the spider scared her the most, and Sxwlekws Bell, 10, wanted to take a second walk through the house.

“It’s exciting to be scared,” he said. 

It was estimated that the family handed out 150-pounds of candy throughout the night to more than 400 kids. Several bags of candy were donated by business owners and individuals. 

“We started to run out of candy but a couple people brought more so we hung in there,” Melissa said. “It was a great night.” 

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