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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 1:00 pm | Updated: 7:40 am, Mon Mar 24, 2014.

The décor may just be creepy during the day but at night the Elovitz home in Ahwatukee Foothills is an absolute terror.

The home, at 15228 S. 15th Ave., is covered in Halloween décor. From pumpkins singing Halloween songs to mirrors that aren’t what they seem and all the zombies on the lawn — everything at the Elovitz home comes to life on Halloween night.

A heavy fog will cover the yard to give it a spooky feel while lights and a projector will highlight certain characters. Some of the characters will be going non-stop while others are controlled by a computer program. Some of the features are even motion activated.

“I don’t think people come for a show anymore,” said Jonathan Elovitz. “It used to be that way. People come now to be chased. They want to be scared. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into people and they say, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that house. I want you to scare my wife this year.’ It’s the same thing coming from the wives wanting me to scare their husbands and the kids wanting me to chase them with the chain saw. They love it.”

The extreme decorations are a tradition Jonathan and Kylee Elovitz have done for years to try and attract more trick-or-treaters to The Foothills. Kylee collapsed while on a run in May and died unexpectedly. This year, Jonathan said, he’s keeping up with their tradition in her honor.

“It was hard doing it alone this year,” Jonathan said. “Halloween is a big day in our family and it’s going to be really hard without her.”

Kylee and Jonathan have a now 22-month-old boy named Dylan. Jonathan said he’ll keep making Halloween great for Dylan’s sake.

“I can’t not do Halloween because then Dylan would be missing out,” he said. “It’s my job to keep everything going for him. Halloween is about kids. It’s the one day that kids can dress up and be whatever they want to be and be happy and get scared. It’s the one day they can forget about everything that goes on in the real world.”

Jonathan said Dylan is learning about all things spooky the same way he did as a kid — through Scooby Doo.

Kylee was passionate about her job as an occupational therapist. She spent much of her time helping kids in the Sacaton School District. Since her death, Jonathan has kept her company going. He usually doesn’t accept any donations to keep his haunted house going, but this year he will have a donation jar out if people want to donate to his wife’s memorial fund, the Kylee Heid Elovitz Memorial Fund, which will benefit kids in the school districts she served.

 

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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