Haunted Houses on a mission to raise $25K for a good cause

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The ‘Haunted Hollow’ of Clarence has been up and running every Halloween since 2001.

“We do a lot of fun themes for families there’s a maze in the back of the garage and when you come out of the garage you can talk to our most famous character here victor the talking skeleton,” said  Gary Server, ‘Haunted Hollow’ owner.

Since Server started the family friendly haunted house 18 years ago, he’s raised thousands of dollars for Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. This year he’s on a mission to support premature babies, hoping to reach his goal of donating $25,000 to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

“They’re going to have private rooms available to a family who has a newborn that may need to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time and that family will actually be able to stay there 24/7 and stay with their baby,” said Server.

When the folks who run a spooky attraction on Commonwealth Avenue in Buffalo heard about it, they felt compelled to join in and help too.

“This year I heard Mr. Server’s interview on the radio and I said you know what with a lot of people what better way to give back to our community and the kids,” said Sam Dentico, Block Club President.

“We get about maybe 600 kids coming through and every year we add something new,” said John Aiello, Block Club Vice President.

The home on Commonwealth will be collecting donations and giving them to the Haunted Hollow. Mr. server says he’s thankful to get some extra help from people he doesn’t even know.

“‘I’ve never met them never talked to them so no it’s a wonderful beautiful thing isn’t it,” said Server.

The ‘Haunted Hollow’ at 6015 Fairlane Dr, Clarence Center will be open from 5 to 9 on Halloween night.

The attraction on 49 Commonwealth Avenue in Buffalo will be open from 6 to 8.

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