Adel teen assembles haunted house for happy Halloween

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Sarah Ehrenfried, 14, of Adel and Condor the service dog are looking to turn their garage into a haunted house this Halloween.

ADEL, Iowa — Volunteers and friends were stepping up Sunday to help 14-year-old Sarah Ehrenfried of Adel in her plan to haunt her house for Halloween.

Sarah is the daughter of Trish and Eric Ehrenfried. She was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy that keeps her attached to a ventilator and moving around in a wheelchair, and she and Condor, her service dog,

Trish Ehrenfried explained how the idea for a haunted house came about.

“Sarah would love to create a haunted house this year in our garage,” Trish said. “Due to her trache and severe asthma, she has only been trick-or-treating a handful of times in her life. This will be our second Halloween in Adel, and I’d love to make it a fun one for her.”

Trish is looking for volunteers and donated Halloween items — skeletons, dolls heads, a cauldron, bats — to make a fun haunted house and help make Sarah’s wish come true.

“I want to make clear,” Trish said, “that this is not a fundraiser. We do not want cash. Just muscle, artists and help!”

Trish’s Facebook post was soon bringing out helpers like bats from a belfry or clowns from a clown car. Lots of great ideas were tossed around, and more are always welcome.

“My heart is full, everyone!” Trish said in the face of the positivity. “I cannot wait to have this come together. I am sharing all your responses, and Sarah is very excited!”

The plan at present is to open the haunted house to the public on the weekend before Halloween and again on Oct. 31. Stand by for further details.

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