Valparaiso Halloween Spectacle To End

Becca Sanchez

Becca Sanchez

Every Halloween in Menlo Park, there is that one house that is noticeable from blocks away. The house with fire, lights, screams, and a long line belongs to Al Stahler.The creative and technical father of two started when he was 13 years old by decorating the front porch. He remembers, “I was too old to trick-or-treat, so I decorated the front porch. It was so much fun, the kids enjoyed it and so did I.”This love for sharing creativity is what prompted Mr. Stahler to begin constructing his extravagant spectacles. Every year, his family and friends come from all over the area to share their mechanical, artistic, acting, audio skills and more to create a full-blown event for the public.

Nearly a thousand people come every Halloween to visit his themed attraction, ranging from Pirates of the Caribbean to deadly caves, to erupting volcanoes with sacrifices. This year’s theme is “Zombieland.”

Mr. Stahler has put on a grand Halloween spectacle every year for 13 years, only to find that this year’s “Zombieland” will be his last.

His daughter Amanda Stahler, currently a senior at M-A, says she was “shocked and devastated” when she heard this year would be her dad’s last. “Halloween has always been something special to him. I love that he was doing it for us, but it makes me sad because I know the community loved it just as much.”

Although true that his annual shows will be greatly missed, many in the community hope he will never stop completely. His daughter Amanda believes “even when he’s older I can see him being 100 years old and still coming up with a crazy contraption to scare kids; I don’t think he will ever really stop.”

To see Mr. Stahler’s last show, “Zombieland”, visit the intersection of Valparaiso Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas and follow the crowd.

Cada año a Halloween, hay una casa en Menlo Park que se nota desde muchas cuadras. La casa con las luces, fuego, y los gritos pertenece a Alfred, o Al Stahler.El papa creativo y técnico de dos chicas ha comenzado a decorar su casa cuando tenía solamente 13 años. Se recuerda, “ya era demasiado viejo para ir trick-or-treating, entonces decidí decorar mi casa. Los niños se divirtieron y yo me divertí también.”Este amor para compartir su creatividad motivó al señor Stahler a construir su extravagante espectáculos. Todos los años, su familia y amigos llegan de toda el área para compartir sus dotes mecánicas, artísticas, de teatro, de audio, y mucho más para crar un evento enorme para el publico.

Casi mil personas vienen cada Halloween a visitar la atracción temática, con temas de Pirates of the Caribbean hasta cuevas mortales, hasta vulcanos entrando en erupción. Este año, el tema es “Zombieland”.

El señor Stahler ha hizo un gran espectáculo cada año para 13 años, pero “Zombieland” va a ser su ultimo.

Su hija Amanda Stahler, una senior a M-A, dice que era “sorpresa y devastada” cuando oyó que este espectáculo iba a ser el ultimo de su padre. “Halloween siempre a sido algo especial para el. Amo que lo estaba haciendo para nosotras, pero me rende triste porque se que la comunidad lo amaba tanto cuanto.

Aunque su espectáculo anual será muy extrañado, muchos en la comunidad esperan que nunca parará completamente. Su hija Amanda cree que “también cuando es más viejo, yo lo puedo imaginar a 100 años y continuando a inventarse un artilugio loco para asustar a los niños; No pienso que se parará completamente.”

Para ver el ultimo espectáculo del señor Stahler, “Zombieland”, visita la intersección entre Valparaiso Avenue y la Alameda de Las Pulgas y sigue la manada.

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Valparaiso Halloween Spectacle To End

  1. rgordan on November 1st, 2012 2:25 pm

    Its sad to hear of a tradition like this ending, and I’m sorry I never heard about this in earlier years, it sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. Henry Loh on November 2nd, 2012 11:42 am

    I grew up in this neighborhood (and returned as a staff member 15 years later) and am surprised I never heard of this until now…. when it is too late. I’m hoping the family hasn’t had time disassemble yet to catch a glimpse of local history before it fades into fable.

  3. David Schmitt on November 2nd, 2012 7:40 pm

    As an avid atendee of the Stahler haunted house, I have to say I’m a bit upset that this is coming to an end. My personal favorite was the Pirates of the Caribbean themed house from a few years back, when they built a relatively large ship, complete with loud cannon noises

  4. Rachel Fox on November 2nd, 2012 7:58 pm

    Do we know why it’s coming to an end?

  5. cwoods on November 3rd, 2012 10:21 am

    I remember going to this when I was little. Sad to see it go!

  6. Tyler Finn on November 27th, 2012 7:45 pm

    It is sad to think that this is ending, I’ve been going through the Stahler’s haunted houses ever since I moved here almost ten years ago. This is definitely the end of an era.

  7. Katie Gaherty on December 4th, 2012 5:12 pm

    I remember the first time going to these haunted houses. They flooded their driveway and made a swamp with “monsters” grabbing your legs from underneath a bridges leading you across the swamp. These displays never ceased to surprise me. They were put together well and always gave you a good scare on Halloween. I’ll definitely be missing this.