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Halloween Houses in Central Texas

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Halloween excitement is everywhere you look and Trick-or-Treaters will be heading out to find candy any time now. 

They'll also run into some very spooky haunted houses along the way, especially two of them in Temple.

John Laywell has been waiting for Halloween night for months. His annual haunted house at 29 Cedar Trails Drive is ready to go and he says it gets bigger and better every year.

"I've got so many ideas in my head that I can't do everything in one year," Laywell said. "I've got all kinds of motors and other props and stuff like that I'll be working on throughout the year next year."

Laywell gathers props from garage sales and thrift stores to set the perfect scene. People have come from all over Central Texas this week to see the house in action.

"Daytime is fine, but they really need to come out at night," Laywell said. "All the lights around here, the sounds...it's just awesome."

Laywell and his wife have been setting up decorations for five weeks, but they say Halloween isn't the only holiday they celebrate in a big way.

They had 40,000 flashing Christmas lights synchronized to music last year. This year...they'll have 70,000.

They aren't the only ones getting into holiday decorating. Down the road at Deerfield Estates, Temple firefighter Leroy Vargas has an elaborate haunted house of his own.

"We're gonna have two or three projectors running," Vargas said. "They kinda go through the front, the side of the yard and then they come through the backyard and they get candy at each station."

All of this time spent preparing will pay off later tonight, but everyone has their own reason for celebrating.

"Families and kids and opportunities for them to spend time together, that's why I do this," Vargas said.

Laywell has always had a love for Halloween. "It's just a special holiday where even when I was a little kid, I would do whatever I could to dress myself up," he said.

Proving that Halloween can be enjoyed by people of all ages. 
 

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