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Cape Coral man’s annual Halloween mission frightens his visitors, feeds the community

Every year, a man in Cape Coral creates an elaborate display to help those facing food insecurity.

We visited Jason Fields’ haunted house Tuesday and learned why his mission is more important than previous years.

“Terror on 20th” looks cute during the day, with a little pumpkin that sings and a skeleton who shovels. But come Halloween, when the sky goes dark, “Terror on 20th” only aims to terrify.

“We’re here to scare you,” Fields said. “This isn’t a little cutesy kid’s haunt.”

For two decades, Fields has been turning his house into a funeral home.

“There’s gonna be a lot of noise, scary music, fog machines,” Fields said. “There will be actors. There might be a chainsaw or two.”

It’s a haven for all things spooky and wicked and haunted. But like every good trick-or-treat tradition, something sweet accompanies the scary.

“It’s also a food drive for the [Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida],” Fields said.

There is no fee for admission. Bring a canned good or two or three if you can.

“There’s so many people who need the help, and this is a way we can come together and do something good,” Fields said.

It’s something that sounds really good to Richard LeBer, the president of the food bank. As need continues to skyrocket, community support could be life or death.

“I worry that people are going to get tired,” LeBer said. “That they’ll say well, I’ve been doing this for months and months and months, and I can’t do it anymore. So we love to see that kind of community support.”

With 20 years and counting, Fields will never say he can’t.

“With the help of a lot of friends,” he said.

MORE: Terror on 20th Facebook page

Reporter:Sydney Persing
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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