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Home becomes Halloween house
Home becomes Halloween house

She started her Halloween decorating tradition when her boys were young.

Wanda Bentley still tricks out her house in Grainger County even though her oldest son is 40.

"This is my favorite time of year," Wanda Bentley said.

Every fall, she transforms her home into a haunted house with horrifying touches.

"I've just collected it over the years after Halloween I go to the stores and if they've got it on sale I'll get some," she said.

Frightful touches include skeletons and spiders and rats in the sink.

Light switches and motion sensors activate life-size surprises.

She even scares herself with things that go bump in the night.

"For the first two days I put it up, every night I get scared," she said.

This Halloween is a little different because this time Wanda is coping with something truly scary: cancer.

"I had six months of chemo. And now they're going to do a scan the 31st, Halloween," she said.

Halloween preps have helped.

"It took a lot of things off my mind. It just helped to focus on it," she said.

She usually spends about two months adorning her abode. This time the process took longer.

"I would have to do it awhile then rest awhile so it took me longer," she said.

Her Halloween themed home is her treat to her children, her friends, and herself.

"When my friends come and see it I like to see the expression on their face that they like it," she said. "I like to share it with other people."

She would like to share some gentle advice for others coping with cancer.

"Find something to focus on and get your mind of stuff. It really helps," she said.

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