Haunted House benefits scholarship in honor of teen killed by train in Scotia


SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) –  A good scare for a great cause. A Scotia family has built a haunted house right in their back yard to help another local family.

“You never know what’s around the next corner,” Haunted Hollow Organizer Julia Rechnitzer said.

The Rechnitzer family has been scaring the people of Scotia for more than two decades. What started as haunted house themed party for friends and family took on a whole new meaning four years ago when someone suggested they start charging admission.

All the money they make on their haunted house always goes to a local charity. In years past, they’ve raised thousands for hospice, and people battling illness. This year it’s for a cause closer to home, for the family of Morgan Bowers.

The talented Scotia teen was hit and killed by an Amtrak train back in August.

“We all knew her in some way and she was amazing and it’s a very sad situation but we want to do whatever we can to help her family,” said Rechnitzer.

Morgan’s mom, Christina Cross, stopped by to watch Haunted Hollow get its finishing touches. It’s the first time she’s speaking publicly about the tragedy and how the Scotia community has helped her heal.

“Morgan’s lived here pretty much her whole life,” she said.

“She’s gone to school here since she was in kindergarten and the outpouring of support from the community has been truly humbling since this all happened,” said Cross.

She says a haunted house is the perfect way to honor Morgan.

“She was very theatrical she also loved scary movies she loved to be scared she loved Halloween.”

Admission to Haunted Hollow is five dollars a person. All proceeds benefit Morgan’s family and go towards a choral scholarship at Scotia-Glenville High School set up in her name.

If you do want to come out to the Haunted House and support the cause, it kicks off October 14th at 6:30 p.m. and will continue on for every single weekend in October. For more details visit Facebook.com/hauntedhollowfundraiser .

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