George Farrow III/Darkhill Cemetery Haunted House(ROCHESTER, N.H.) — One teen is giving back to individuals living with cancer with his annual Halloween haunt.
For the eighth consecutive year, George Farrow III, 16, of Rochester, New Hampshire, will be hosting the “Darkhill Cemetery Haunted House,” and this time, he’s scaring the locals with a creepy hospital theme.
“It’s all computer-controlled,” George told ABC News. “It’s run off a custom program I wrote. I’m kind of a nerd, so there’s a lot of technology that you don’t see in other haunted houses. There’s a big video screen so people can watch video while they wait. I love set dressing. I love the building, painting and the detailing.”
In 2007, George got the idea to operate his own haunted house during a family vacation to Disney World, where he first experienced the attraction, “The Haunted Mansion.”
“It’s not super scary, but it’s beautifully detailed, so I fell in love with the ride and I decided that I wanted to make that,” he said.
In Halloween 2008, George launched the first Darkhill Cemetery Haunted House. It began as a small, front yard display and later evolved into a full, garage walk-through with dozens of props, audio and lights.
George’s haunted house is open to all but recommended to visitors ages 13 and up on Oct. 29 and 30.
Six to 10 volunteer actors provide the scares during the 10-minute tour through several rooms, including a kitchen/laboratory area, a morgue, spooky hallway and hospital bedroom.
Thirty animatronic props are original monsters created by George himself.
Admission is free, but George accepts optional donations. All proceeds will go to the nonprofit Amy’s Treat in Dover, New Hampshire. This is the second year George is donating to Amy’s Treat — an organization that benefits the patients of the Seacoast Cancer Center of New Hampshire.
“It became a no-brainer that we had to do something [for charity],” George said. “Any money we put into them, it’s going right back to the patients.”
Rachel O’Neill, executive director at Amy’s Treat, told ABC News that the organization is fortunate for the teen’s second-year donation.
“Georges efforts have allowed up to give over $1,000 in gift cards to patients,” she said. “Gas cards are especially important because they help patients get to and from treatments. From a lot of the local charitable fundraising events, we use proceeds for what we like to call treats to renew the soul — even just a dinner out so people can forget the daily struggle of dealing with cancer.”
Last year, George’s haunted attraction raised $1,400 for Amy’s Treat. He’s previously given to The Children’s Home and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he said.
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