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SATURDAY: HOME HAUNT Joe Allocco turns his home

Joe Allocco turns his home at 1148 Norbay Street in Franklin Square into Leatherface's Lair this year for his annual Halloween-night-only haunted house. It's called "The Franklin Square Horror" and it is pretty intense. Watch this sneak peek video for proof.
Info: Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Free, with donations accepted to help raise money for autism and cerebral palsy research. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

While some people struggle with whether to put more than a pumpkin out on the porch for Halloween, Joe Allocco, of Franklin Square, goes all out — turning his Norbay Street house into what he calls a one-night, full-fledged spook-athon.

From his backyard to several rooms of his residence, everything becomes a part of a themed tour. Last year, the premises were overtaken by zombies. The year before, he installed a haunted walk-through. Each time, much of the visible space was festooned with skulls, tattered rags and other fear-inducing items, all for the dual cause of celebrating the scary day while raising money for charity via donations collected from visitors.

For 2011, Allocco's Franklin Square Horror is upping its terrifying time to two days for the first time, on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Oct. 31. This year’s tour will be a full 275-foot walk through what he calls a Tomb of Darkness --  including stops such as the Infestation Hallway, the Spider's Lair and the Vampire's Den.

Thrills start at 7 p.m. both nights and will be punctuated by a persona known as The Chainsaw Wielding Maniac, along a bevy of ghouls that includes The Creeper (based on the creature from the “Jeepers Creepers” horror films).

And should your stomach end up roaring louder than any of the monsters in attendance, there will also be a food truck parked outside selling roasted corn and other goodies.

All donations gathered will go to cerebral palsy, autism and camp organizations; for more details visit the website or email Allocco at

Franklin Square Horror: 1148 Norbay St., Franklin Square.


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