The Cemetery of Lost Souls began back in 2008 when we started decorating our yard for Halloween with our kids. In 2009, we built our first prop, a toe pincher coffin. We added some smoke, lights and store bought decorations. That same year we found out about H.O.L.I., an organization on Long Island that compiles a list of the best decorated home "Haunts" in our areas. It became our family's goal to make it onto this list. In 2010, we added even more props and submitted for the list. Although our "admirers" grew in exponential numbers, to our dismay we STILL didn't make the list. In 2011, we decided to go all out. Adding some amazing new props that we researched and built with our kids, we finally made it and became part of the H.O.L.I. family. This was very exciting for all of us!! The following year our kids had the idea of using our "special talents" to help others. Our oldest son, who was very involved in studying theater, came up with the idea of making our display more interactive, by adding actors to haunt our elaborate sets and set up a donation box that people could donate to for different charities. Our Charity event was officially born. Every year from 2012 on our charity event has grown bigger and bigger. We have raised close to the amount of $10,000 over the years on simple donations alone and have donated to charities like Autism Speaks, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Long Island Cares, feeding the homeless on Long Island. Neighbors have donated baked goods to sell, as well as local businesses donating gift cards and things for us to raffle off to raise money at our charity event. We have had coverage form Local newpapers, WBAB radio, and even News 12 at our event, making each year a bigger success then the year before.
In 2015 our haunt was centered around raising awareness and funds for the Campaign to Save Long Island High School for the Arts. It is Long Island's ONLY public school for the arts. The community came together like never before. Talented students, teachers and parents volunteered hours of time to help work our event supporting another wonderful cause, saving the arts for our children.
This year we are donating to a cause very close to our hearts. Our baby cousin Grant at 11 months old has been diagnosed with Leukemia. The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. This charity has been a life saver to families all over the country since 1978. We hope to raise both awareness and funds to help support such a worthy cause through this years community event.
PLEASE help spread awareness and come support the fight for children and families everywhere at this years Halloween extravaganza at the CEMETERY OF LOST SOULS.