Exercise equipment and stationary bicycles sat in one bright room.
Grapes, strawberries, apples, bell peppers and other fruits and vegetables strewed across a table in another light-filled room emphasized the importance of living healthy, nutritional lives, Tebow said.
On the "toxic table," processed, packaged foods - including a Halloween favorite: candy corn - represented unhealthy foods they should try to avoid, he said.
In the last bright room, each child left with a bag full of healthy goodies, such as a toothbrush, jump rope and a free membership to the new Cabin Creek Wellness Center. They also ate fresh apple slices, grapes and strawberries.
"We've hosted this primarily for the school children and to teach a health lesson. To use the house, its history and its personality to point out that health and wellness is something, if you don't pay attention, you're going to be scared," Tebow said.
Malden Elementary School students visited the healthy haunted house on its last day Thursday. Tebow said the Sandy superstorm prevented anyone from visiting the house on Monday or Tuesday.
But for the kids who did get to walk through the spooky house, they curiously looked over the chemically treated foods as well as the colorful fruits and vegetables, he said.
"It's so much color. Red peppers, yellow bananas, lemons, limes, celery, red onions. When you see the beauty of fresh produce compared to packaging food, there's such a difference on the two tables," Tebow said. "You had to imagine that if healthy things were put in front of the children on a regular basis, they would eat them."
The Cabin Creek Wellness Center, 4208 Malden Drive, will organize activities in the community, such as walking clubs or cessation classes for smoking, Tebow said. To learn more information about the new center, call the Cabin Creek Health Center at 304-595-5006.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.