Ted D Walker and his family love Halloween – it’s their favorite holiday. After years without seeing more trick or treaters than could be counted on one hand, Walker and his family (Sabrina Walker, Theresa Curls, & Cheryl Walker) decided they’d find a way to build community in their neighborhood by sharing their love for spooky season.
The Walkers started with a barbecue that they hosted in their front yard under 3 tents, each decked out for Halloween – 8 families from the neighborhood showed up and joined them. That was the start of what is now an annual tradition of building an elaborate, scary, and fun Halloween Maze at the Walker residence in Southeast Fresno.
“(We’ve created) a Halloween maze built for kids, but scary enough for adults — meaning everyone will be able to enjoy it because we can cater the experience to the person,” shares Walker. “This will be our 8th year. In the early years it was much smaller as we built up decorations and the supplies for a maze.”
The Walker Halloween Maze is Accessible to All
The Walker family takes pride in making their maze accessible to all. There is no entry cost, and the intensity and functions of the maze can be altered to accommodate varying needs, including people with autism or specific sensory needs. “We can make all sorts of adjustments before a person enters — doesn’t matter how small or big,” Walker says that he can turn music off, stop blinking lighting, ask actors to unmask or be easily visible for a child to see. “We never say no. I built it (the maze) with the promise that I want everyone to be able to enjoy it.”
The Walkers are celebrating 8 years of bringing Halloween fun to their neighbors and many other families from around the Fresno-area (and beyond) who are happy to enjoy a good haunt. And, believe it or not, they have plans to bring even more fun to families with their next holiday creation, “The Walker Maze: Naughty or Nice Christmas Maze” — it will have two entrances. One for a more traditional Christmas walk, and the other a scary Christmas walk for the naughty.”
Support The Walker Halloween Maze
The Walker family offers their maze at no-cost to the community. They do accept and appreciate donations from those who are able to help them in their mission to bring holiday fun to kids via their Venmo and GoFundMe links. They use any funds received to invest in new decorations and items needed to add on to their maze, and at this time especially, build up their collection for the Christmas walk.
“Our family appreciates all the positive reviews and support from the community. We are glad everyone is enjoying the maze, because we pour our heart into it every year.”
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Visit the Walker Halloween Maze
If you’d like to visit the Walker Maze this Halloween season, you can do so at 4333 E Turner Ave in Fresno, near Cedar & 180. The maze is open from 6-10pm nightly through November 1st.
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