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Valley couple: Coffins, hearse are the life of the party

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Caskets are usually associated with death, but some are now the life of the party. A Valley couple is cashing in by renting coffins and a hearse for birthdays, retirement lunches and Halloween parties alike.

"It's turned my favorite holiday into kind of the busiest day of my life," said Eric Unser.

They bring the beer, and even the cooler. But if you feel a chill over your body when Unser arrives, it may not be the ice in the chest.

"It actually has a body print on it, on the floor, which creeps some people out," he said.

But it doesn't creep out the Unsers. You may wonder how they came up with the idea of renting out coffins for parties, but once you meet them, you get it.

"Every coffin we get, I sleep in it at least one night," Unser said.

For the Unsers, every day is Halloween. And on the days leading up to the 31st, they're running around like huntsmen with their heads cut off.

"We're completely sold out, every year I'm constantly looking for more coffins and caskets," he said.

With a fleet of 19 coffins, that makes for plenty of parties that are to die for.

"Strangely enough, Halloween is very popular for weddings," he said. "We're doing two weddings this year."

The hearse - which was in service for 35 years - seats eight  people and wouldn't be complete without a Ouija board.

We also dared to go inside the Unsers' home, and you'd think it was like any other - aside from a few unique touches. Sharan has a knack for making zombie babies, and their bar is full of spirits - including the ones you drink.

Their dinner table is a custom-made coffin with a replica skeleton inside.

And while the dark decorations may not be for everyone, the Unsers are happy to deliver for those who dare.

"We have so many people that can relate to it, that's why we live in 365 days out of the year," he said.

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