For Bergen County Family, Annual Haunted House Is About More Than Halloween

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — From vampires that light up and scream to skeletons hanging from the window, a ‘head turning’ scene has been attracting Bergen county Halloween fans for years.

“People love it. They come back for more,” homeowner Bob Campanelli told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.

Rob and Deena Campanelli started decking out their house a decade ago.

Everyone in the family has a favorite part.

“When my husband goes out and scares people at night,” Deena said.

To hear Deena laugh means everything. She’s faced an uphill battle with her health. In April 2015, she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time.

The family of four was completely focused on her health last fall, and didn’t know if they’d be able to pull off this incredible display.

The, one day while the family was out donating blood, dozens of people started showing up to decorate for them. It was a surprise that lifted the Campanellis’ spirits during one of their darkest times.

“It was very much overwhelming,” Rob said.

With constant support this year, they managed to haul out and put up everything themselves. Deena even felt well enough to help.

“We didn’t want to let anybody down, so we had to do it,” Deena said.

Because she’s getting better, it will be the happiest Halloween twin brothers Kyle and Aiden have ever had.

“She was sick for a long time,” Kyle said

And now…

“She actually gets to go places with us,” Aiden added.

They promised to pay it forward with a few good frights this Halloween season.



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