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F stands for frightening

F stands for frightening

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Wilson County News
October 24, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- Most of the time, it’s just a modest, attractive house, mucjavascript:convertTabsToLineBreaks('ArticleBody');h like its neighbors in the 1200 block of F Street in Floresville, but in late October, the “F” in this home’s address could stand for “frightening.”

For the past 25 years, Sylvia Madero and her husband, Roy, have been offering residents of the Wilson County area a little something special: two haunted areas for trick-or-treaters.

“We offer two sides for our Halloween decorations -- a ‘cutesy’ and a horror side,” Sylvia said. “For the ‘cutesy’ side, we are hoping to have that open soon. The rest of it will open the week of Halloween.”

Visiting the Madero house in the fall has been a staple of the community for decades; the house attracts hundreds of visitors every Halloween.

“There are close to 400 kids who come out every year,” Sylvia said. “We always put out 16 or 17 of those big bags of candy and we always give it all away.”

Sylvia said her haunted area opens the week of Halloween, but with caution, due to the possibility of vandalism.

“You know, we have been doing this for so long and nobody has ever messed with it,” she said. “I think it’s because everyone enjoys what we do for the community.”

The Maderos also decorate their yard during the Christmas holidays. One year, the Baby Jesus figurine was stolen from the Nativity scene, but eventually was returned to a church.

“We have been blessed with the response from the community,” Sylvia said.

The Maderos encourage area residents to visit their spooktacularly decorated yard to marvel, trick-or-treat, and take photos.

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