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West L.A. police host a haunted house for kids

October 31, 2009 |  5:54 pm

Outside the West Los Angeles police station, officers spent a sunny Halloween afternoon transforming  part of a parking lot into a haunted house for local children.

The goal: To make the LAPD a little less spooky to kids.

The event -- a first for the police station -- runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is expected to draw about 200 children and their families. Admission is free.

"We’re trying to build a relationship with the community and the kids," Sgt. Mark Durrell said. "We have fun; we’re human too."

Outside the station off Iowa and Butler avenues, a giant purple-and-black inflatable spider swayed atop a patrol car, its eight legs dangling down the vehicle’s sides.

Inside the haunted house, maze walls smeared with fake blood separate a series of macabre scenes including a playpen full of bloodied stuffed animals and a zombie’s feast of bones and dismembered limbs. The living room features an old TV that plays nothing but static for a slumbering zombie.

Most of the materials in the house were gathered from nearby alleys, said Officer Molly Brenner, who designed the maze.

-- Robert Faturechi in West Los Angeles