The Joe and Vicki Verhota home was the place to be yesterday, especially if you are a fan of Egyptian pyramids and the history there with mummies, hieroglyphics, and a sarcophagus. Joe Verhota was our guest on our "Talk of the Town" segment on Wednesday, talking about the Haunted Yard, and the theme this year.

This was the 6th Annual Haunted Yard and Food Shelf Drive. They collect food and monetary donations all day on Halloween for the Steele County Food Shelf, and welcome trick-or-treaters in the evening. The Haunted Yard is what they call kid friendly scary. Joe has been decorating for Halloween for years, and got the idea to make it into a food drive when his son participated in "Boo for Food" when local youth groups go out to collect donations for the food shelf. The whole family is involved in the production, and they recruit others to help out with characters. You can follow their journey by checking out their Facebook page.

I went through last night, and I was seriously impressed with the whole ambiance. The amount of work that this family puts in to make their yard look so wonderful is astounding. From the looks of the bags next to the table they had set up, the food drive was a success. We have the final numbers, in an email from Vicki Verhota:

We had 215 kids and collected 177 pds of food, $87 in cash donations.


If you didn't go, here are some pictures to enjoy, and you can plan to stop by next year, although the theme has not yet been decided.

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