Haunted House raises money for Pleasant Hill boy battling rare brain tumor

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KTVU) - A Pleasant Hill family has transformed their home into an interactive Haunted House complete with a pirates cove, jail, and zombie cemetery.

The Haunted House, located on Audrey Lane, is bringing the community together while raising money for a 12-year-old boy who is battling a rare brain tumor. 

Jaime Santini tells KTVU her family started a haunted house at their home two years. It was a way to keep celebrating the Halloween season together as a family as their children begin to get older and grow out of trick-or-treating. She says her husband has spent hundreds of hours perfecting the home. He's even taken days off work as he gets the finishing touches complete.

It's a true family event with Santini's husband, kids and friends in costumes - hiding throughout the haunted house - ready to scare (but never touch) those who are "brave enough" to enter. Although the Haunted House is "spooky" they try to make it friendly for all ages. Smaller kids can walk through a Pirates of the Caribbean type area before exiting through a jail. Older kids who go through the entire haunted house often get high-fived instead of spooked. 

Initially the Santinis wanted the Haunted House to be a free Halloween experience. They never had the intent to charge people, but as offers of donations kept rolling in, Santini's daughter came up with a plan. "She thought donations could go toward our family friend Leo, who is battling a rare brain tumor."

Twelve year old Leo Kelly has been in the hospital for chemo treatments on and off. In fact, he'll be in the hospital on Halloween. Leo's sister and cousin have stopped by to check Santini's "spooky" house. They plan to be their on Halloween as the community comes out in support of their family. 

Find Leo's YouCaring page here. 

The Haunted House will be open - to those brave enough - from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Halloween night. 

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