Zombie Hallow scares up donations for injured soldiers

 UPDATED 4:39 AM HST Oct 29, 2012
URBANDALE, Iowa -

An Urbandale family has spent almost a year turning their backyard into a haunted attraction for Halloween.

"People ask me why I like Halloween.  It's the greatest holiday," said Lew Jordan.

The Zombie Hallow looks like something out of a scary movie.

"This is a scene pretty much taken right out of Disney's haunted mansion.

Each year Lew Jordan turns his backyard into a haunted attraction with the help of his family, and close friend Jason Kemp.

Six to eight months out we are doing a few hours a week and then two months out it gets a little more hectic and -- this week I'll bet we're pushing 50 hours," said Kemp.

This year it's a "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme. They make everything by hand from the talking skeletons to the pirate ship.

They even re landscaped their yard to make a waterfall.

"You have to have the whole scenery to do it right.  You have to have the set and design.  To me everything has to be kind of perfect," said Lew Jordan.

Last year almost 400 people walked through.  This year they hope for 1,000.

"It's funny because kids will run through and they're all scared, but adults will stop and really take it all in, which is what we want," said Kemp.

Lew's 4-year-old son Zach has become the honorary tour guide.

"We got a scary guy up there, and that thing.  See right there is called the poop deck," said Zach Jordan.

People come from across the state to see the intricate attraction.

It's free to get in, but if you choose to make a goodwill donation, the money goes to place near and dear to Lew and Jason's hearts.

 

"We have decided to donate all the proceeds go to the Sentinels of Freedom, which is a great charity organization that helps wounded veterans," said Kemp.

Both Jordan and Kemp are veterans who thought they'd use their favorite holiday to give back.

"If I'm not serving on active duty anymore, I will do my part to help others who are," said Lew Jordan.

If you're interested in helping our troops and in the mood for some family friendly Halloween fun then trip out to 3109 Pine Circle in Urbandale to see the "Zombie Hallow."  You can visit them Friday and Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. and on Tuesday from 7-10 p.m.

Lew and Jason said they raised more than $600 last year and they are hoping to raise $2,000 this year.

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