Pay it Forward: Nelson Nut House

Pay it Forward: Nelson Nut House (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) It's the time of year where Utahns flock to pumpkin patches and haunted attractions.

One haunted yard in West Jordan is scaring up some fun, all for a good cause.

The Nelson Nut House is located at 4944 West Parr Drive in West Jordan.

The Nelsons, along with their extended family and friends, have put on a haunted yard for the past 16 years.

"We've just always loved Halloween," said Kristall Jolley, who helps run the Nelson Nut House.

Hundreds of people line up during October to see the popular attraction.

"We have people that set certain weekends that their whole family comes," said Jolley. "Halloween night we don't really count because there's just too many."

Haunted houses can be pretty pricey, but the Nelsons don't really charge admission. All they ask is that you bring a donation for the Utah Food Bank.

"I know the most one year we took was 2,500 pounds of food," said Jolley.

Jerry Nelson owns the home where Nelson Nut House is located. He builds everything needed for the yard.

He has experienced the benefits of the Utah Food Bank.

"When I was younger, my mom used the food bank a lot," Nelson said.

He welcomes the chance to open up his home every year to help those who are hungry.

"Just scare a lot of people, collect food, and feed a lot of people," he said.

Nelson and his family put in hours and hours of work to make the yard perfectly spooky.

"We start in the first part of August getting the walls up," said Jolley.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to Nelson Nut House to help them get more food.

The Nelson Nut House is opened on Friday and Saturday nights during October from 7-10pm. It will also be open on October 29th-31st for Halloween from 7-10pm.

And the Nelsons say if you have smaller kids, it's ok. They tell their "scarers" not to frighten any of the young kids.

For more information, you can visit the Nelson Nut House Facebook page.