SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Johnny Veglia's annual Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 26 to benefit the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey raised over $3,100.

"On Oct. 26, 2019, I hosted my last ever Haunted House after eight successful years of scaring. This event has been held from when I started fifth grade in 2012 until this October as I am a senior in high school," Veglia said. 

"I believe this one was my best yet not only in terms of donations but the scares as well. I am proud to say we raised over $3,100 for the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. I want to thank the 50+ volunteers who helped to make my vision come to life," Veglia added.

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Veglia also thanked "the people brave enough to journey through the Haunted House" and who generously donated to the cause.

This latest success is bittersweet for Veglia, who will graduate from the Academy of Performing Arts at Union County VoTech in May 2020.

"My Haunted House would be nothing without the amazing and loving village that has helped it to grow and flourish. I am extremely grateful that my dreams became reality," Veglia said. "We made memories to last a lifetime."

Although he will miss the months of planning and weeks of decorating, Veglia says that "bigger and better things await." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.