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Indiana Couple Uses Their Halloween Yard Displays To Turn Frights Into Food For Local Families

by Kelly Glass
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Randy Smith and wife Heidi Smith of Indianapolis are once again going all out for Halloween in hopes to give back to the community.

The husband and wife have chosen a very spooky way to get the neighborhood involved in the good deed as well.

The couple created 30 different Halloween displays, including a walk-through haunted woods. The couple devotes hours of their time and has spent thousands of dollars creating the spooky experiences. The yard displays are open to the public free of charge, but the Smiths do ask one thing of everyone who enters: They ask that visitors donate a nonperishable food item.

All of the donations they receive are given to Gleaners Food Bank. In just one night last Halloween, the couple managed to collect enough food to provide 600 meals, and they would love for that number to double this year. This will be Randy and Heidi’s second annual yard haunt, and the theme is “carn-evil.” 

“They say it takes a tribe or it takes a whole community to raise a child. Well, it’s the same way with making sure our neighbors have food,” said Heidi. “It is so fun. It makes all of the hard work all worth it,” she said.

For more details on the haunted festivity and the good cause behind it, be sure to watch the video clip.

Footage provided by Fox 59 Indianapolis 

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