The thrills just keep coming for Robin Graffam’s annual haunted house in Vallejo.
For the last decade, Graffam has transformed her front and back gardens into a spooky maze open to the public as a way to bring Halloween to her wheelchair-bound daughter Zoe. The 14 year old is afflicted with multiple sclerosis.
Graffam and a handful of volunteers usually run the haunted tours themselves, but after reading an article Thursday about the haunted house, Vallejo Together, Vallejo High School students and the Solano County Guardian Angels will come out this weekend to help out.
The planned Vallejo Together haunted house got canceled at the last minute, leaving a gaggle of ghosts and witches without a home to haunt. But now the Vallejo High hospitality academy students will help Graffam with the scares, while the Guardian Angels will hand out candy and give safety tips to children.
This year’s haunted tour will be a fundraiser for Bay Respite Care, where one of Zoe’s first nurses came from. Graffam is asking for donations of $2 or so per person or $5 to $10 per family, although no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Graffam’s haunted house tour will run from sundown to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 128 Webster St.
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