FLORHAM PARK, NJ—Halos For Angel’s charity fundraiser, Fright Factor has now been open officially for two weeks. In the past two weeks, the charity has raised over $5,000.
This past weekend, October 11- October 13, the haunted house set a new record in the amount of money raised on a single night, particularly the second Friday open in the month of October.
With the help of officers from the Florham Park Police Department and Chief Joseph Orlando, $805 was raised for the charity. Along with Chief Orlando, those who volunteered within the haunted house included:
- Adrianne Farrell, the confidential secretary
- Sgt. Chris Dambola
- Lt. Phil D’Alessio
- Ptl. Kevin Langereis
- Lt. Karl Svenningsen
- Erin Morgese, police department volunteer
The haunted house also included long-time actors/actresses Jasmine Francisco, Stephanie Bianchini and Johnny Casolaro, as well as new time actress this year, 14-year old Chloe Valdez.
Friday night was only the beginning in good news for Fright Factor. On Saturday the East Hanover Police Department joined the fun as well.
Those acting Saturday night included:
- Officer Robert Chiazzo
- Ptl. Matt Cerrato
- Ptl. Matt Melillo
- Ptl. Mike Genovese
- Ptl. Justin Jeannette
- Ptl. Mike Panzarino
Volunteer actresses & actors also in attendance included:
- Johnny Casolaro
- Karina Gao
- Jessica Coto
- Marcella Scalzo
- Joe Prussak
- Maisie Prussak
On Saturday night, $540 was raised towards the charity. This was added to the $1,063 that was made during the kid friendly session earlier Saturday afternoon, when two birthday parties were hosted. 50 kids were in attendance to celebrate Chase turning four and Natalie turning seven.
Sunday also included a kid friendly, non-scary session where kids can go through the house with a tour guide and see what it looks like during the daytime. There is also face painting available and pumpkins to pick.
$760 was raised Sunday, bringing the total for the second weekend officially open to $3,168 and the entire total so far raised this season to $5,151.
Fright Factor will continue for the next two weeks of October on Fridays-Sundays. This Friday, October 18 there will Hanover Police Department actors and actresses and then two special competitions on Saturday during the kid section.
On Saturday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. a Mask-Off competition will be held on scene, where competitors take a model and turn them into a frightful creature. The entrance fee is $25 and the winner will win $200.
Also, during the Saturday afternoon portion, Principal Kerry Quinn from Frank J Smith Elementary in East Hanover will be inside the house and 33 students who have signed up will enter in small groups to try and find her. The fastest time will be the winner and the school’s group who wins get a pizza party.
Fright Factor is located at 186 Ridgedale Avenue in Florham Park. It is $10 to enter into the house either day or night.