RIVERDALE -- Not quite over Halloween but still getting into the Christmas spirit?
You can enjoy a mixture of both by attending the Carnival of Chaos Haunted House this month. The event, held Dec. 16-17, will feature coffins, graveyards, skeletons, spiders, eyeballs and more, but it will all be done with a bit of a holiday twist.
"The haunted house will feature Ebenezer Scrooge's bedroom and there will be a graveyard full of snow. There will be Grinch scenes and elves and characters from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas,' " said event coordinator Jesse Bunck.
The event is free to people who bring an item to donate to Your Community Connection or St. Anne's Homeless Shelter.
"My wife, Lori Jo, and I started volunteering at the haunted house. She's an actress and I'm an EMT. We, along with our friend Monique Moore, talked to the owners about opening back up for a few days and holding a charitable event and they were all for it," Bunck said.
Bunck said the haunted house will be divided into several sections. When you enter, both charitable organizations will accept donations and hand out information. Once inside, you can shop with vendors who will give a portion of their proceeds to both charities.
"Once you enter the haunted house you will see a coffin and you'll kind of go through an experience of being buried alive," Bunck said. "We will also have tarot card readers, a photographer and Ariel Amore who will be performing their rendition of 'The Nutcracker.' "
A 3D art room, a room full of misfit toys and a section with talking skeletons geared toward children will also be featured, Bunck said.
"This is really a family event," Bunck said. "Anyone who attends won't be disappointed, and it's all for a great cause."
The haunted house is at 1134 W. Riverdale Road. The event opens at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.
LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED
- paper goods - toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels
- Diapers, sizes 4,5,6
- cleaning supplies
- canned and boxed food
- dishes - pots, pans, plates, bowls, silverware
- cash donations