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October 27, 2011

Halloween stops offer thrills and chills

Halloween is upon us and haunted homes, ghostly forests and threatening mazes await the adventurous.

Among the suppliers of chills is the Quaglietta family of Bradford, who will bring back their Spooky House display and Haunted Woods guided tour this Saturday.

Even those who have visited the woods in the past will want to make a return visit as Jeff Quaglietta, the master of horrific ceremonies at Spooky House, promises he has some new ways to make your hair stand on end.

"We're always trying to change it up here and there," he said. "There are a lot of things I have in my head."

The Lost Souls covered bridge, the centerpiece of the woods, will also make a return this year. Those crossing might be grabbed by the "rotting'' hands of Jeff's son Kane Quaglietta, 13, and his friends.

"He's going to take it over someday when I'm done," Jeff said of Kane.

Kane and his eight friends took an active role in helping to build the woods this year by assisting in painting, construction and even acting.

"So many people who come down to our neighborhood stop to look at everything," he said. "No one else does this. It's all hand-built."

As always, Jeff said he's focused on making sure those who walk through the forest are safe and will provide glow sticks to those afraid of the dark.

Taking the tour won't cost your sanity, but a small donation to the Bradford Feline Rescue organization is encouraged.

The Quaglietta family raised about $700 last year for the shelter and aims to top the number this year.

"We're really grateful for everyone who has donated," Jeff said.

Bradford isn't the only section of Haverhill with a haunted dwelling. Haverhill Community Television invites Haverhill's trick-or-treaters into "A Nightmare on Elm Street.''

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