ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (KABC) — A family in Aliso Viejo with a passion for Halloween is using a unique spooky attraction they created for charity, but it’s also recently caught the eye of a Disney legend.
Mike Stanley, his wife Dawn and son Wyatt are the magic behind the exhibit at their home on Oak Ridge Circle.
For more than a decade, the family has been known for their love of Halloween, and if their home looks familiar, anyone who’s been to Disneyland will recognize it.
“This year’s theme is very close to our hearts because it’s our favorite ride at Disneyland,” said Mike Stanley. “So we’ve always wanted to give him the respect he deserves and make it really big.”
The Stanleys’ attraction mimics the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
“The neighbors are now involved, so we worked together to get a different scene from the drive on each front yard,” said Mike Stanley.
The sprawling attraction invites the community to enjoy the ghouls and ghosts for a good cause. While guests peruse the neighborhood exhibits, they can also shop for hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and even churros.
In addition, all proceeds are donated to the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, a charity close to the heart of the Stanleys.
“We wanted to do something to honor my father, to give back, so we chose this charity,” said Dawn Stanley.
To make the spooky season even more special, the Stanleys got a special visit from Bob Gurr, the one and only inventor and creator of Disnelyn and Haunted Mansion.
The Stanleys gave him a tour and a cake for his 91st birthday.
“Bob Gurr put his stamp of approval on last night. So if we can get his validation of how good it is, it’s good, so the kids should come out,” said Dawn Stanley.
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