Guys and ghouls who love decorating homes for Halloween in spine-chilling styles can help the Florham Park-based charity Halos for Angels by conjuring up a macabre scene and potentially win a day at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
Halos for Angels – which was founded in 2010 by Karen Casolaro after her Florham Park neighbors and friends rallied in support when she was diagnosed with breast cancer – is a non-profit organization held dear by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. Halos for Angels provides financial support for families that are affected by an unexpected crisis or tragedy.
Because of COVID-19, Halos for Angels this year has reinvented its annual “Fright Factor” Haunted House fundraiser to allow for broad community involvement and the chance for decorators to showcase their skills at spooking others.
This year’s fundraiser is the “Frightful Home Decorating Contest.” Participants pay a $50 fee, which is used to support Halos for Angels’ mission of helping families in need due to a sudden crisis.
Participants decorate the front of their homes, take one vivid photo and submit it by midnight on October 17 to the HalosForAngels.org website so that friends, family and admirers of the home’s fright factor can vote as often as they like up until midnight on October 28.
Once the first, second and third place winners are announced by midnight on October 31, those winners will receive a portion of the entry fee proceeds. The top vote-getter will win a day with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
To enter the contest, visit https://www.halosforangels.org/. Click on the Events tab and then on Fright Factor. Fill out the sign-up form and submit the $50 entry fee through PayPal. Voters also visit the website but do not pay any fee to vote as often as they like. Additional contest details are posted on the website.
Morris County Sheriff’s Officers, particularly those from the Bureau of Corrections, have supported Halos For Angels for years by collecting Christmas gifts and funds to be distributed to families in need. Many Officers role-played in the past at the annual Haunted House fundraiser by posing as creepy clowns, the Texas chainsaw killer, witches, zombies and demons.
In December 2019, both Bureaus of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office donated $4,500 to a Halos For Angels client, a single mother who was recovering from breast cancer.
“We appreciate how the Morris County Sheriff’s Office has opened its heart to Halos For Angels in such a way that we are able to keep helping neighbors in crisis, including some deeply hurt by COVID-19,” Mrs. Casolaro said.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said that supporting the organization has delighted the Agency by allowing it to prove its empathy for others in crisis.
“Halos For Angels represents the true spirit of what a community can and should have. We’re all in this life together and if we can help ease a burden, we will,” Sheriff Gannon said.