STORM DAMAGE, PANDEMIC, PUT HAUNTED GARAGE ON HIATUS
It was a decision over which Glen Williams agonized for months.
He waited and wished and hoped that despite a string of setbacks he’d still be able to offer Grosse Pointe families the Halloween tradition he established 13 years ago — Haunted Garage Productions.
To make the show a success, he would already have had to start assembling the various witch, vampire, monster and spider scenes that have become fan favorites.
But following a disastrous summer storm that caused severe damage to his property, much of which has yet to be repaired, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Williams reluctantly pulled the plug on this year’s Haunted Garage.“There’s no way we can do it,” he said. “We’ve exhaustively done everything in our power to attempt to have a season for the charities. We’re passionate about Halloween; this is what we do. This is not lack of commitment. We were just hit with an endless series of obstacles.”
One could surmise the obstacles began late last October when a storm brought down a wire in Williams’ yard, causing the loss of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment. Then began the pandemic, followed swiftly by a burst pipe that flooded his basement in March. The June 10 storm that knocked down five trees on his property — puncturing 12 holes in the roof of his house — was the last straw.
HAUNTED ATTRACTION THAT RAISES MONEY FOR GROSSE POINTE SCHOOL TEACHERS FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE
(WXYZ) — A popular haunted attraction that raises money for school PTO’s in Grosse Pointe Farms is facing an uncertain future.
We are 111 days away from Halloween.
For almost 13 years, the Haunted Garage on Mack Avenue near Lexington Road attracts visitors and raises thousands of dollars for school PTO’s.
But because of a severe storm last month, the area where the annual haunted garage would be is now jeopardized and that’s downright frightening.
“We had a storm and the storm put a number of trees on my house,” Glen Williams said.
A monster storm wreaked havoc on Williams’ yard last month, toppling trees onto his home breaking windows, poking holes through his roof, damaging his yard and destroying some Halloween props.
For more than a dozen years, Glen hosted the annual Haunted Garage on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.
This former teacher loves this spooky holiday!
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1.No Running. 2.Walk with your Parents or a Supervisor. 3.Do not touch any Monsters-Live or Not Live. 4.Do Not disrupt any other groups who are trying to enjoy the show. 5.Please treat the house and property like it is yours. 6.NO Smoking at any time. Thank you for supporting our PTO.