FLORHAM PARK, NJ—The Halos for Angels Haunted House ended its third weekend, with a scare despite the rain on Sunday.
Due to the weather, Fright Factor was closed on Sunday, but had two great days of scares on Friday night and Saturday night. There was also two competitions on Saturday; find your principal and a Mask-Off.
On Friday, the Hanover Township Police Department, which consisted of the following members, Lt. Ryan Williams, Lt. Mike Loock, Sgt. Robert Carpenter, Ptl. Rich Camasta, and Ptl. Mike Puskas, volunteered to scare those in attendance and raised $1,217 the entire night. The line was so busy that a five-minute intermission was needed to allow the actors to drink some water and go to the restrooms.
On Saturday afternoon, tours were given throughout the house during the day by Princess Ana from Frozen, played by Stephanie Bianchini. Ms. Kerry Quinn, principal of Frank J Smith Grammar School was in attendance and hiding within the haunted house.
Groups of students from the school had to go through the house as quick as possible and figure out which masked being was their principal. If they guessed right and had the fastest time, their group won a pizza party. The winner was The Rockin’ Rockin’ Rainbows and $470 was raised for Halos for Angels.
Then starting at 3 p.m. the annual Mask-Off competition commenced with two competitors, Jasmine Francisco with model Danielle Francisco and Angie Galindo with model Lisa Bracamonte. Judges were Lorenzo Greco, Michelle Spada, and Deena Greco.
Each competitor was a veteran of the competition from last year. Prizes for first place was $200 and second prize was a basket from GameChanger of Madison. Galindo won first, for the second time in a row, this year with her “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” creature and Francisco won second place with her “sisterly love” creature. Francisco had 76 points and Galindo won with 78.
Saturday night raised $789 with regular Fright factor volunteer actors within the house. Although there were no police officers this night, the line was long and steady throughout the night with people looking to get their scare on.
Overall for the weekend, Fright Factor added another $2,476 to their fundraising pot so far this season. By adding the third week’s fundraising in, so far this season Fright Factor has raised $7,627.
They will close out the 2019 season with a ton of fun events. On Friday, October 25, there will be another find your principal contest during the extreme scare. A tarot card reader will also be on site on Saturday and Sunday as well.
On Saturday, October 26, along with the find your principal competition, there will be the annual Bake-Off event from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. as well as a pie throwing contest. Saturday night will kick-off with the last extreme scare and another find your principal.
A $25 entry fee is necessary to compete in both the bake-off and the pet parade. The winner of each contest receives $200.
Finally, on Sunday, October 27, the final day of the Fright Factor’s 2019 season, there will be a Pet Costume Parade Contest from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.