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October 24, 2013

Getting scared for a good cause

Halloween haunt collects money for wounded soldiers

Many houses across the city are decorated for this ghostly season, but Jeff Quaglietta’s is different.

It’s quite spooky, but not gory.

There are plenty of creepy noises and shadowy figures drifting through these deep dark woods — an appropriate theme for Halloween.

Quaglietta and his family and friends celebrate Halloween with their Spooky House display, but it’s not just to entertain neighborhood kids.

Quaglietta has always enjoyed Halloween. For the last 17 years, he and his relatives and friends have made the Quaglietta house at 17 Lyons Farm Road in Bradford the ghoulish go-to place in Haverhill. Quaglietta and his team of helpers do their best to scare anyone willing to visit their frightening display in the woods in his backyard.

Admission is free, but this year the event will ask for donations from visitors to support a fund for military personnel wounded in action.

“The charity we’ll be collecting for is the Wounded Warrior Project,” Quaglietta said.

The one-day event will be Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Police Department has allowed a one-day rain day of Oct. 27.

Halloween has always been Quaglietta’s favorite holiday and was one of the first events he looked forward to when he bought his first home.

“It’s one of the first things I did when we bought our house,” Quaglietta said. “As soon as we bought the house, I knew what I wanted to do, and we began decorating when that first Halloween came around and have ever since.’’

They put out the typical Halloween fare of ghouls, ghosts and skeletons, and in the woods behind his home he created a trail of fright about 600 feet long that winds through the acre of property.

Quaglietta builds everything by hand, often with the help of his son Kane, who also participates in the live displays along the trail.

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