Riverview teen turns backyard into haunted house to raise money for non-profit

Posted at 6:57 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 18:57:07-04

A Downriver teen is using his favorite holiday, Halloween, to raise money for a good cause.

The 17-year-old from Riverview turning his backyard into a haunted house.

You will find the haunted house on 17125 Valade Street in Riverview.

17-year-old Joe Carpenter has volunteered at other haunted houses.

This is the first time he decided to create one in his yard.

There are six rooms, all done up with a different theme.

He said, "A cabin, there's like a swamp in the woods type of haunt. There is a butcher room. There's going to be a clown. There's going to be corn stalks, there's going to be fog, strobe lights,

The horrifying decor is scary, but Joe and his friends will pop out at you.

"Scare people and it's fun."

With the help of family and friends, Joe has been working on it for the past year and started to build the walls in August.

Carmen Carpenter, Joe's Mom, said, "He goes to school everyday, comes home, works on this until it's time to go to bed."and

He spent more than $1,000 of his own money to put it together, but he isn't looking to make a profit.

It will cost a dollar to get in or a bag of dry dog food.

The money and food will go to the non-profit animal organization called C.H.A.I.N.E.D.

"I think it would be a good thing to do," Joe said.  "And I would rather do that than keep it."

"Everybody says they are proud of their kids. 'My kid is wonderful. My kid is the best.' But he is," Carmen explained. "I got very lucky with him. I couldn't be any more prouder of him than I am."

The haunted house will open this weekend and next weekend through Halloween starting at 8pm.