Couple’s Mira Mesa haunted house draws crowds for 10th year in a row


SAN DIEGO — Local families got some good scares Sunday as they trick-or-treated the night away.

The line for Salem Haunts wrapped around the block as San Diegans sought to take in the haunted house experience.

“My scare level is super high,” visitor Melody Feiz said. “I get scared super easily.”

Richard and Ethel DeTeresa are behind the free haunted house, a scary tradition in the neighborhood for the past 10 years. 

“We love Halloween,” Richard DeTeresa said. “This is our way of giving back to the community that we love. We love Mira Mesa. We’ve lived in San Diego almost our whole lives and we just really enjoy doing something for the whole neighborhood.”

Visitor Gavin Reiser appreciated the haunted house, saying a lot of work and detail went into it.

“The actors were really fun,” Reiser said.

The couple said they pay for the expenses out of their own pocket.

If you enjoy their haunted house, you can help keep the tradition going by contributing to the donation box at the entrance.

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