A skeleton butchering a human leg. A corpse bartending. A zombie eating a human corpse. These spooky Halloween scenes and more can be seen at the Albrights’ house in Cambridge on Oct. 31.
Bill and Kristina Albright, along with their friend Jeremy Ellingson, have been setting up their Halloween displays on their lawn and inside their garage since 2004, but this is the first year they’re collecting cash and food donations for Family Pathways, the local food shelf.
“This year we’re really excited to be helping our community out by doing the food shelf fundraiser,” Kristina said. “Because it’s gotten so big, we’ve decided to include them into it.”
Located at 1535 Marigold Drive in Cambridge, the Halloween haunt will be free and open to visitors the evening of Halloween, but the Albrights will have food donation bins and a drop box for cash and checks written to Family Pathways at the end of their driveway from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31.
The Albrights’ display has been a popular Halloween destination, and the popularity is only growing—more than 600 kids walked through the displays in 2009, 811 kids in 2010 and 963 kids in 2011, Kristina said.
“It’s grown tremendously. We get comments every year about how great it is,” she said. “It’s kinda neat just to be part of the community. Even though it’s once a year, it’s exciting to see all the excitement from the kids in the community, and the adults really love it, too. It kinda brings them into the spirit of Halloween.”
Her children, Tony Albright and Julia Fisher, dress up for the night to scare kids walking through the displays, whether in the graveyard on their lawn or the creepy scenes in the garage.
On Halloween, Kristina serves hot apple cider donated by Cub Foods. Over the years, neighbors have gotten involved and started decorating their own yards to get in on the fun.
It was a neighbor’s idea to use the popular Halloween display as an opportunity for a fundraiser.
“Family Pathways serves over 500 families a month,” Kristina said. “There seems to be a growing need for food, even for middle-class families who are struggling nowadays with the economy, and I think it’s important to contribute to the community if you’re able to. And why not? So many people come see our display that night that it’s a great way to give back to the community.”