Local Hero: Boy Creates Haunted House to Benefit Food Pantry

There are countless ways to pitch in to help others in our communities, but usually it’s the ideas that kids come up with that really impress me.  Maybe it’s because we expect less of them – and more of ourselves – that we can be astonished by a kid’s ideas.

Our latest example of that limitless imagination is a seventh-grader from Auburn, MA who has -with lots of help from his parents – created a haunted house at 12 Reithel St. to benefit the Auburn Youth and Family Service’s food pantry.

The house will be open for visitors of all ages from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 for an entry fee donation of a nonperishable food item,

The mastermind behind this event is Auburn Middle School seventh-grader Nathan Johnson, 11, who enlisted the help of friends and family, and Nathan’s mom and dad have gone all-out to make the haunted house really fun, elaborate, and very scary.  The haunted house includes a graveyard, hanging Salem witches, fog and lights, a family of life-sized dolls, and scary surprises, thanks to over a dozen volunteers.    (Special less frightening, kid-friendly trips can be conducted upon request for the littlest visitors.)

Even more impressive, mom Kristy Manning said this is Nathan’s third major charity event this year. He held a yard sale to support the Relay for Life cancer walk, and at Easter donated baskets of goodies to Auburn Youth and Family Services.

When:     Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where:   12 Reightel Street, Auburn, MA     Map
Parking:  Parking is limited to the opposite side of the street only.  Additional parking is available at the Horgan Skating Arena just a 2 minute walk away.

To learn more, visit the family’s Facebook page at Auburn Holiday Displays.

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