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Visit this Albany teen’s haunted house and help a good cause

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Albany Haunt as it looked Friday morning with the donation barrel to the right.

If you are looking to do something for Halloween for the family or even just yourself, consider going to Albany Haunt, a homemade attraction at 1048 Peralta Ave. in Albany that will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday and again on Oct. 31. You’ll have some homegrown fun and feel good about it at the same time because admission is a donation — canned goods or monetary — to the Alameda County Food Bank.
You’ll feel even better because the attraction is the creation of a teenager wanted to do something for Halloween, but also wanted to help people in need.

From Michael Altfest, communications manager of the Alameda County Community Food Bank:

There’s a 13 year old boy building what seems to be an elaborate haunted house in his driveway – and he’s asking for food and fund donations for the Food Bank as the admission. He’s a really neat kid – seems to be really talented (you can check out his haunted house facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Albany-Haunt/127487577452389). When I asked him why he was doing this he said he really loves Halloween, but he also “realizes that there are a lot of people in our community who are struggling and he wanted a way to help.”

You know the food bank would love to see a full barrel.

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The attraction looks much spookier at night.

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Chris Treadway