Altadena's popular house of horrors is a fulltime job each October
by Timothy Rutt
And getting there is no easy task.
Judy Pastor and her husband Vance Weisbach have been putting this together for 14 years now. On a recent afternoon, Pastor is supervising some family members and other volunteers, fine-tuning the effects and the height of the many things that hang as part of the display.
There are effigies, dead bodies, zombies, and monsters all over the place. Creatures and unfortunate souls dangle from every tree. Anybody who dares go through the front gate will see creatures, inflatable displays, doorways, coffins, and even a real hearse. Those who survive have to go through a tunnel of darkness to find their way back to the land of the living.
Pastor demurs giving a figure on how much they've sunk into their display, but does offer that Weisbach spent $1,000 the day before to stock up on candy for the event.
The haunting starts as Halloween night descends, and goes on until 10 PM, when it must stop. But the job isn't over yet -- by the time the sun comes up, it's pretty much all been put away for another year, as ephemeral as a Halloween ghost.