Police in Rialto, California shut down a “haunted house” Friday night because it was unsafe. It had been set up in a burned out home. That home, at 1460 North Lilac Avenue, caught fire on May 29. Inside the home firefighters found five-year-old Mario Sisneros and three-year-old David Sisneros. The boys died hours later.
KTLA-TV reports Irma Delgado, the boys’ grandmother, attempted to get the boys to crawl to safety.
The mother of the children is the person who turned the home into a “haunted house”. Twenty-seven-year-old Viviana Delgado says it is how she is coping with her loss.
Here are excerpts from KTLA-TV’s story:
“It’s my way of saying happy Halloween to my kids.”
Delgado says she is planning to have pony rides as a part of the “haunted house.”
Amid Halloween décor including monsters and spooky signs, a planter sits on on the lawn, filled with some Mario and David Sisneros’ toys– a scooter, a toy tractor, and stuffed animals.
In the midst of the boyhood trinkets are two plastic buckets, each holding a picture of one of the two deceased boys, as well as a crucifix.
Two tombstone decorations can be seen on the lawn.
“People don’t know what I’m going through, they don’t know how I feel,” Delgado said. “This is how we’re going to spend Halloween together.”
Though Delgado says the “haunted house” is a tribute to her boys on their favorite holiday, some neighbors consider the scene to be “ghoulish” and “macabre.”
Delgado is inviting visitors to walk the very halls where her sons attempted to crawl under the deadly smoke. She says there will be flashing lights and a Halloween soundtrack playing for effect.
“Since it’s a haunted house, it has to be some kind of scary,” she said.