Township couple host annual Halloween haunt

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Craig Middleton and his wife Diane love all things scary and for eight years they have transformed the front yard of their Village Lane home into a Halloween Haunt designed to scare and thrill kids and adults alike.

“I used to dream of having something like this when I was a kid but was never able to,” said Craig, 48. He said he began the tradition in Ocean City nine years ago and when he and his wife moved to Egg Harbor Township, they expanded the spooky attraction. 

“We want to get more people out to enjoy it and to let them know it’s here,” he said. “It’s a tremendous undertaking. We start as early as July each year making props and getting things set up.”

He said they have eight fog machines, lasers and strobe lights as well as purple rope lighting that lines the path throughout their yard display. After months of conceptualizing, the Middletons start setting it up three days before Halloween.

“We all get into it and dress as zombies or vampires,” he said.

They offer hot cider for the kids and mulled hot wine for adults.

“Last year I had an adult come back after trick or treating was over,” he said. “I thought they were going to come back and complain that we scared their kids. But, he wanted to thank me for putting all of this together for them, that no one else does anything like this.”

Middleton and his wife, 33, do not have children of their own, so they enjoy getting to share in the holiday with their neighbors and community in this way.

“Each year it gets bigger and bigger,” he said and invited any readers to come out on Halloween night to enjoy the free display.

The house is located at 2 Village Lane, off of Zion Road.

Middleton Annual Halloween Haunt in Egg Harbor Township Middleton Annual Halloween Haunt in Egg Harbor Township

Middleton Annual Halloween Haunt in Egg Harbor Township Middleton Annual Halloween Haunt in Egg Harbor Township


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