A haunted house is being planned in order to raise funds for Christmas presents for children in foster care in Montgomery and Fulton  counties. The event, “Scare for Foster Care at Dracula’s Castle,” will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Horace J. Inman Center, 53 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam from 7 to 10  p.m. each night. Admission is $10.

Organizers saw a need for the event based on the small budget allocated at Christmas for kids in foster care.

“Kids in foster care are currently given a $20 budget for Christmas, which is pretty lame” said organizer Sal Fringo, who works with foster children. “We wanted to do something about it.”

So through his business, Super Powered Parties, he began finding volunteers to help put together a haunted house.  “We want to have fun and we want to help,” he said, “People have really responded.”

Visitors will be guided through Dracula’s Castle by Dr. Van Helsing and will encounter sights and sounds ranging from spooky, to creepy, to downright scary.  The haunted house is designed to be family-friendly and organizers say they are avoiding unnecessary gore.  Still, they suggest it will be most appropriate for children ages twelve and up.