If you plan on visiting the Live Oak Pumpkin Patch, make sure to stop by and check out Tom White’s miniature haunted houses. White has been a resident of Yucaipa for the past 53 years and has been showing his houses at the pumpkin patch for the past 10 years.
“I build them out of reclaimed wood from old chain link fence slates,” said White. Each house takes about two and a half to three months to make. “I currently have four complete models and one that is missing the insides and I hope to have six complete models by next Halloween,” he continued.
One of the houses is modeled after the original Addams Family house, complete with Uncle Fester’s bed of nails and the large kitty on the staircase. Each house has its own unique touches with hours of details added to them.
White picked up the trade from his grandfather in Pennsylvania as a child. “My grandfather, dad and uncles would walk around picking up sticks, clean them and use them to build things,” said White. His grandfather, who is also named Tom White, built a Ukraine church that he would go to as a child. It took him about 3,000 hours and it was all done from memory.
White’s grandfather was a cabinetmaker who passed down his skillful hands to him. White also volunteers at Garden Works for Kids in Yucaipa, building garden boxes.
The Live Oak Pumpkin Patch is located at 32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd. in Yucaipa.