Every Halloween, Troy “Stinky” Philpot turns his house in the middle of Muscatine into Stinky’s House of Horrors. Offering something between a horror movie set and a Halloween store at the mall, to say Stinky goes all out is an understatement.

Months of work and a loyal group of fun-loving friends created something that hundreds of people walked through and experienced every year. The only requirement was to donate a non-perishable food item. About ten years ago, Stinky decided to give the food donations to the annual Freezin’ for Food campaign created by the Voice of Muscatine and former Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins.

When Vintage Sound 93.1FM was invited to help sponsor Stinky’s House of Horrors, the event got stronger. Now thousands of people come through the House of Horrors, and more food than ever has been raised for local families. Troy will remind others that his group of friends make it a group effort. While that is true, it is his passion that attracts others to get involved–not just his passion for goofy horror props, but also his passion for helping others.

The last few years, when Stinky and his crew delivered their food donations to the Hawkeye Hauler at the Hy-Vee Food Store, the donation could be measured in trailers and pallets. Hundreds of pounds of food are donated each year from all the people who pay the price of admission to go through Troy Philpot’s house during Stinky’s one-night-only House of Horrors.

Seeing someone doing what they really enjoy as a way to help others is a reminder to me that giving is a spirit before it’s an action. I consider how I could use something I love doing as a way to help others.

The Two Weeks of Love campaign (Freezin’ for Food at HyVee and Toy Time at Kriegers between Thanksgiving and Christmas) is one the largest grassroots efforts in the Muscatine area benefiting the Food Pantry of the Salvation Army. Aside from the sponsors, Troy “Stinky” Philpot and his crew are the largest single contributors to the event.