NEWTON, NJ—The charity, Halos for Angels, which is primarily based in Florham Park, has moved their annual Halloween fundraiser closer to the Town of Newton this year.

Due to the pandemic, the Angels are unable to host their biggest fundraiser, the Fright Factor Haunted House that they run every October. Instead, they are bringing the competition closer to home, literally, with a home decorating contest.

“Get ready for our upcoming fundraiser, 'Fright Factor At Home,'" Halos for Angels founder, Karen Casolaro said. “By popular demand, to generate more participants, our fundraiser will bring opportunity to all Counties throughout New Jersey to participate.  To keep safety number one our 'transformation/reinvention' of Fright Factor brings to the social media world of today. Awareness to Halos for Angels as well as crucial funding needed to serving others and sustaining Halos.”

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According to the Halos for Angels website, there will be a cash prize for the first, second and third place winners.

“We are happy to say, as an added bonus to the cash prize to the first prize winner of Morris County. The winning family of Morris County will also receive a “day with the Morris County Sheriff and will be able to meet the Canine Division as well."

To enter, visit and click on the events tab and then on Fright Factor. Complete the registration form and pay via PayPal a $50 registration fee. The proceeds from the event will be used for Halos For Angels’ mission, which is to help families in need due to sudden tragedy.

To start, simply decorate your house. Once completed, take one and only one photo and submit it to along with your first and last name, name of your town, and a way to contact you, whether it be by phone or by email.

All photos are due by midnight on Saturday, October 17 and will then be uploaded to Halos For Angels’ website so voting can begin. Voting begins on Sunday, October 18 and anyone can vote an unlimited amount of times.

Voting will close at midnight on Wednesday, October 28 for the votes to be tallied and the winners to be found. Organization officials will drive by the homes with the top three highest votes, to ensure that the picture submitted has not been edited in any way.

On Saturday, October 31, the winners will be announced by midnight on the Halos for Angels’ website as well as on their social media platforms. The winners will then be directly contacted by a Halos for Angels representative to receive their cash prize.  

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