We raised more money for the 1st weekend of our haunted house fundraiser than we did all of last year with six more dates to still go! Be sure to check out the official NY1 News segment.
A running collection of what our haunted house victims are saying:
“Thank you for allowing me to pay some people to scare this kid to the point of he couldn’t even take a piss without shaking looking to see what’s coming out the mirror …. good times thanks again will deff bring back some more next season.”
“Had a great time tonight. Scared the crap out of my daughter. Better then last year”
“Charlie B and NYC ARts Cypher have by far pulled off the best haunted house in NY!! My son and nephew both chickened out 2 minutes in! Had to go the rest of the way with E… If you don’t come out to this spot you are missing out!!!! Scary as HELL!”
“Seriously one of the best I’ve been to and I’ve been to a lot of haunted houses. Loved it.”
“Thx for breaking my kneecaps — all for a good cause.”
“That thing was kickass. Highly scary and I am going to tell everyone I know to go.”
“I love it! It was awesome … U guys did a great job!”
“Totally better than last year! We go to a lot of haunted houses and this was pretty good!”
“I’m still shaking … my heart’s racing … It really was terrifying!”
“Just want to say what a good job those guys and gals did at the haunted! It’s a must do before Halloween! It will make you jump every noise you hear and the characters are awesome!”
“My bro and I agreed it was better than last year.”
“It was so much better and my friends loved it too! U guys did an amazing job!!!!”
There’s still 8 days left to have your quote here! Don’t miss it.
Why a haunted house?
The haunted house industry is multi-million dollar. Halloween is the second highest-grossing commercial holiday behind Christmas. I can’t think of a more exciting way to raise money for a great cause around this time of the year and getting to have fun serving in the process. Surely, Halloween may have an uneasy history with people like myself a part of the Church, but it is important to distinguish the different aspects of the holiday and know what to reject vs. redeem.
Why in Stapleton?
Stapleton is one of the older waterfront neighborhoods of Staten Island, built in the 1830s on land once owned by the Vanderbilt family. It was a long-time commercial center of the island, but has struggled to revive after several decades of neglect following the building in 1964 of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which shifted the commercial development of the island to its interior.
Plus, when you hear families from the area saying such things as, “no one has ever done anything like this for us before,” it puts it all into perspective.
Why with the NycArtsCypher?
This local non-profit caters to troubled youth through arts and entertainment, teaching them the fundamentals of everyday life using dance, song, design, and an affinity for the urban context. All proceeds will benefit the organization and the kids involved with their programs.
Remember, all proceeds of the “Return of the Haunted 2” haunted house on Staten Island will go to such community efforts as the NycArtsCypher’s Anti Bullying initiative (http://thecyphercares.org)
*DATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION*
Thursday October 18th 7pm-11pm
Friday October 19th 7pm-11pm
Saturday October 20th 7pm-11pm
Sunday October 21st 5pm-9pm
Thursday October 25th 7pm-11pm
Friday October 26th 7pm-11pm
Saturday October 27th 7pm-11pm
Sunday October 28th 5pm-9pm
Monday October 29th 7pm-11pm
Tuesday October 30th 7pm-11pm
12 Broad St., Staten Island, NY 10314. For More Info: http://facebook.com/nycartscypher
HAUNTED HOUSE RETURNS TO STATEN ISLAND!
“This unique fundraiser was inspired by Joe Khalil then an intern at NycArtsCypher. His crew pulled together an awesome event. This year we are continuing the tradition and looking for volunteer actors, make up artists, painters, carpenters, and any idea people to be involved in this years house. Please contact us soon …” — http://www.nycartscypher.com/#!ReturnoftheHaunted/cq6o
How did one Christian’s vision for a haunted house on Staten Island come about?
I remember my first haunted house experience like it was yesterday. It was actually a hayride on a farm in New Jersey, and it was my grandma who has taken all of the family. Although it was quite scary seeing my favorite horror movie villains up close and in person, there was something thrilling about being scared at such a young age.
After running a highly publicized wrestling promotion on Staten Island for 3 years and attending a haunted house every weekend of October for 5 years, I felt something was missing from growing up so fast, and that was the idea of creating an actual haunted house from scratch.
Surely, such an idea may sound corny to some and even pagan to others, but as a Christian who enjoys a good chuckle, I felt Staten Island could always use some good in their community (especially since most haunted houses in NYC simulate nudity, rape, or mutilation and most believers forget Christmas, Easter, Yoga, and Starbucks are inherently evil too! ;)
With a dedicated team of workers behind me and a powerhouse leader from MTV’s ‘True Life’, all of our proceeds will be making a difference in his non-profit organization, the poverty-stricken Stapleton neighborhood, and at-risk/incarcerated youth.
When all is said and done, life truly doesn’t get much better than this day, October 14th, 2011!