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October 7, 2009 > Ghost House celebrates 40 years of generosity

Ghost House celebrates 40 years of generosity

By Miriam G. Mazliach

"Most of us get our greatest thrill from the children enjoying the Ghost House and seeing the smiles on their faces," says Flo Moscon, Membership Chairperson of the Candle Lighters.

Celebrating its 40th year, the Candle Lighters, whose motto is "Lighting the way for non-profits in the Tri-City area since 1969," is honoring its beginnings with a return to the original theme of "Ghost House" for this year's event.

Originally formed in January of 1969 by local socially prominent women, to raise funds for the YMCA Building Fund, the organization currently has over 130 members and to date has given away over one and a half million dollars to various non-profit organizations.

The location of the Ghost House moved over the years, from an old winery near the Ohlone campus to its current location in the Chadbourne Carriage House at the Fremont Hub. A few years ago, it was lovingly repaired and restored by the Candle Lighters' volunteers.

At the end of summer, Candle Lighters begin their plans for the upcoming Ghost House fundraising event. Volunteers coordinate four to five work parties on Saturdays to unload stored decorations from trailers and create ten "spooky" rooms for the Chadbourne Carriage House. Many spouses, family members and friends are enlisted to help with the process. Mostly it takes a lot of imagination, determination and working together cooperatively to obtain the spectacular results.

In keeping with the safe, family friendly and affordable atmosphere, the cost to the public has not increased in fifteen years. Entrance to the Ghost House is still only two dollars and games are 25 cents. That's truly a bargain in these economic times.

Experiencing the haunted Ghost House is made less scary with the escort of a "Good Fairy" for younger children or for the faint-of-heart. While outside, a mini-carnival of games and food booths are available to delight all ages, especially youngsters. Don't miss the scrumptious caramel apples!

Funds derived from the Candle Lighters' Ghost House are donated to local non-profit agencies for their deserving projects or necessities. During the year, the Candle Lighters receive proposals from organizations and then dispense approximately $30,000 to $50,000 each year, to assist these non-profits.

For 40 years, the wonderful efforts of this dedicated group of women have helped improve the quality of life for many of the citizens in our Tri-City community. Come out to the Ghost House for some thrills, chills, and fun to show your support of this worthwhile fundraising endeavor.

Candle Lighters Ghost House
Saturday, October 10 through Friday, October 30
(Closed October 12, 13 and October 19, 20)
Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27: Open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Children's Costume Parade
Saturday, October 17
3 p.m.

Chadbourne Carriage House
Fremont Hub Shopping Center
39169 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont
Ghost House Information: (510) 796-0595
Pre-sale and Group Information: (925) 846-3492

Admission: $2
Games: 25 cents

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