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Celebrity-Packed Halloween Party in Westfield Will Benefit Boy with Cancer

Kylie Szymanski, one of the many stars who will be at "Monster Mash Mayhem," played the Governor's daughter, Penny Blake, on "The Walking Dead."

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Oct. 12, stars from “The Walking Dead,” “Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Hunters International,” “Haunted Collector” and “The Addams Family” will be on hand to schmooze with guests at Monster Mash Mayhem, a party and fundraiser to help the family of 2-year-old Max Brimhall, who recently underwent surgery to remove a grapefruit-sized tumor from his kidney, as well the kidney itself.

Party-goers will have the chance to dance with zombies, enjoy dinner and live entertainment, take part in a Monster Grand Prize Raffle and enter a Halloween costume contest, as well.

Brimhall is the nephew of “Ghost Hunters” cast members Grant Wilson, explained Bruce Tango, the event’s organizer and freqeuent star on the SyFy Channel's show.

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“The people on the show are like family, so when I heard about Max I figured it was the right thing to do,” said Tango. “People have to come together when things such as this happen. This event didn't start out to be a benefit, but when I heard about Max it turn into one and gladly.”

The party is two years in the making, said Tango.

“It is nothing like any party, or should I say Halloween party, that anyone has attended,” said Tango. “People from all over the United States are attending. What will happen when the lights keep going out during the evening at Monster Mash Mayhem? I know, but I won’t tell ya.”

He did, however, divulge that there will be over 15 world-class performances.

In addition to Tango, party-goers will have the chance to meet Joe Chin of “Ghost Hunters International;” Felix Silla, who played Cousin It on “The Addams Family;” Kylie Szymansky, who plays Penny Blake on “The Walking Dead;” Mike Koske, who plays 42 different zombies on “The Walking Dead;” Brian Cano from “The Haunted Collector;” Mike Christopher from “Dawn of the Dead;” and Brett McGinnis of “Ghost Hunters Academy.”

Several paranormal experts and entertainers will be on hand, as well, including CC the Huntress, a paranormal hunter and TV personality; Gentleman Jim, an Elvis Presley Impersonator; MJX, a Michael Jackson Impersonator; and Radio Personality Rock with the Shock.

Students from Cranford High School will be dressed as monsters and zombies throughout the evening, and actors from near and far will provide additional ghostly antics.

The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El Hall, 756 E. Broad St. in Westfield.

“I’ve held quite a few benefits there and we are always welcomed. Mike Kenny, the caretaker there, does an excellent job in making sure everything is just perfect,” said Tango.

Tickets are $56 per person. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit Like their Facebook page at

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