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  • Middletown family's Halloween trail gets bigger by the year

  • Looking for a fright Halloween night? Look no further than Ashland Street. The Adams family's free haunted trail will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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  • Last year, the Adams' gave out nearly $300 in candy Halloween night.
    This isn't the case at the average Middletown home Oct. 31 though.
    For the past few years, Jennifer and Sam Adams have transformed their Millbranch property into a Halloween trail for trick-or-treaters, and in some cases, their parents.
    "The kids in our neighborhood start asking about it in the beginning of October," Jennifer Adams said.
    The Adams' home at 1010 Ashland Street is decked out all month in Halloween décor, but the trail is only open Oct. 31.
    The idea to build the attraction came when friends of the couple's two sons, ages five and 11, mentioned that they had never been to a haunted trail.
    "The parents didn't have the money to take them," Sam Adams said. "Although I could not take every one of his friends to an admission based trail, I could make them one."
    Places like Frightland can be pricey, especially when a family has more than three children.
    While the trail on Ashland Street isn't as big as the ones at admission-based attractions, it still manages to scare children and even some adults.
    "One woman went through the trail and ran out, leaving her son behind," Jennifer Adams said. "We have found cell phones, wigs, and candy bags in the trail."
    Last Halloween, Sam Adams waited at the end of the trail with a prop chain saw, she said. Each Halloween, he changes his costume so that the trick-or-treaters are surprised at the end.
    Sam Adams and his friend Pat Deffeo created the trail, which extends about 900 feet circling around the Adams' property.
    Between the two men, they build everything from scratch, Jennifer Adams said.
    This year, there will be a butcher shop set up in the back with fake body parts sprawled out.
    There is also a prison cell that they built using two-by-fours and painted pipes that allow the "prisoner" to pull the bars apart and jump out at the kids, she said.
    Tombstones with rotating heads, coffins, and a fake body roasting over a pit will also line the trail.
    "He does it for the kids," Jennifer said of her husband. "This is our third year."
    Candy shopping began at the end of September, and so far Jennifer Adams has spent about $150.
    Like last year, the Adams' anticipate the trail to be even more popular.
    At one point, there was a 15-minute wait to enter last Halloween since trick-or-treaters go through the trail in groups.
    "This year we were lucky enough to find a few local companies to help us with some things we needed for the trail," Sam Adams said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Richard Wooleyhan, a local farmer, donated more than 1,000 corn stalks to line the trail and the Home Depot donated orange safety construction fencing. Mumford and Miller also donated rebar poles to secure the fending, he said.
    "It's always fun," Jennifer Adams said. "Sometimes the kids don't want to go through, but the adults do."
    She said that their house is the one that always stands out the most during Halloween and Christmas because of the family's decorations.
    The trail its self takes Adams and Deffeo about three weeks to build and it will open Halloween night at 6 p.m.
    IF YOU GO
    What Halloween trail
    Where 1010 Ashland Street, Middletown Del.
    When Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Admission FREE

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