Like so many, my love for Halloween was rooted from my childhood. My Dad (Emil Hegbli) started with small Halloween decorations and displays in the early 80's. Most of which were home made. Adding new decorations year after year.
Over the years our Halloween display received much attention. Local News channels started doing the news live from outside our home. I’ll never forget that the weather lady actually got into our grave yard and did the weather live on the 10pm/11pm news. My elementary school would take field trips to our house in 4th and 5th grade, and my Mom would have goody bags for all the kids.
On Halloween nights, hundreds of families would visit our house from all over. We had people from Ohio and Michigan and other various cities thought-out Indiana. People from various backgrounds and cultures. It was amazing to see all the spectators that would come through. Keep in mind this was years before Social Media.
Simple props like a chair that rocked on it's own and a moving hand coming out of a coffin would become the staples of my Dad’s Yard Haunt. The kids and neighbors were blown away by these two halloween props.
In the mid 90’s, my Dad was injured while on the job at Dana Corporation. This took a toll on his spine and wouldn’t allow him to do many things. To this day he still puts out small Halloween decorations for Trick-or-Treaters, but the once local attraction dwindled.
In the years since, my wife and I have taken over the family tradition. Back in 98’ we held our first Haunted Halloween Party. In 2001, we renamed our Party and re-branded under Hegbli’s Haunted Halloween. It was the highlight of the year, family and friends gathering from all over to spend one evening together, to catch up from the halloween party before.
Here we are in 2017, 1,054 miles away from where it all started, now in Keller/Fort Worth, TX. New faces and friends, new Halloween props, but the same tradition. Bringing fright, spooks, screams, laughs and smiles to all.