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Axel Steenburg and Larissa Groesbeck help set up for the haunted house at the Horace J. Inman Center on Thursday evening.
By CHANTELLE DEROSE
Recorder News Staff
There’s a new haunted house in the city this Halloween.
Sponsored by the Amsterdam Knights of Columbus Council 209 and organized by Salvatore Fringo, the Horace J. Inman Center will be hosting “Scare for Foster Care at Dracula’s Castle” on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
Fringo, who runs Super Powered Parties and also works for the Northeast Parent and Child Society as a family support specialist, said he wants foster children to have better holiday funds.
After learning that foster children were only allotted $20 for Christmas from the county, he began thinking of ways to make a change.
“I was racking my brain on how I could come up with more money,” Fringo said. “Even if we could get the kids up to $50 apiece, it would make for a better Christmas for them.”
Fringo founded Super Powered Parties at the end of 2014 with just an Iron Man, Spider-Man and Elsa costume.
“We would go to kids around Christmas or their birthday and make them happy. It was all volunteer,” Fringo said. “From there, we sort of branched out and started going to more city-wide events and more birthday parties.”
Fringo said the idea for a haunted house was created with cooler months in mind.
“We’re typically busier in the summer with Super Powered Parties and in the fall we tend to die down a little,” Fringo said. “So I tried to think of something where we could still find a way to give to the community in the fall. We thought the haunted house was the perfect way to do that.”
Amsterdam Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Jeff Stark said Fringo has been working with youth groups for quite some time and “has a good heart.” According to Stark, the event fits right in with the Knights of Columbus mission statement to do positive things for the community.
The haunted house will be set up as a tour of Dracula’s castle and is recommended for children ages 12 and up.
“It’ll be the classic movie monsters with a more horrific, scary twist. If they’re fans of the movie ‘It,’ they’re in for a good surprise,” Fringo said. “We aren’t having a ton of gore, but we always say that parents are the experts of their own children. So if there’s a ten-year-old at the gate and his mother is adamant that he can handle it, of course we’ll let him in.”
Admission for the haunted house will cost $10 and all proceeds will go to Christmas funds for children in foster care. Fringo, who will be dressing up on both Friday and Saturday, said he hopes for this to become an annual event.