Over two nights, on a recent Saturday and on Halloween, the Borghis and a team of student volunteers from Los Osos High School donned costumes and led visitors for their 6th annual RC Haunt haunted house.
The Borghi house on Camassia Court served as the setting for a variety of themed walk-through areas.
A maniacal clown appeared out of nowhere in a darkened hallway. Creepy "dot people" appear to merge in and out of the walls of a black lit room. There's a baby butcher shop and a room with lasers, fog, and crawling ghouls. Los Osos student volunteers in costumes jumped out and scared people though the various mazes, enhanced by lasers, black lights and fog machines.
Deno Borghi Jr. played the part of a gas-mask wearing, chainsaw wielding killer who pops out of a grave near the end of the walk-through.
"We've been doing it for six years now and each year, it's progressed," said Deno shortly before the Saturday night presentation. "Last year we didn't advertise and we had next to 2,000 people. This year, we've been advertising for about a month and a half. We've been setting it up and its gonna be crazy. I'm really excited."
Amy Borghi, the matriarch of the family, was dressed as an angel. She and her husband Deno, dressed as a priest, led visitors through their living room, through the kitchen, into a back room, and through the dining room and garage, which were decorated with a number of audio-animatronic figures, cobwebs, and various lighting effects.
"The honest truth is we really like scaring people and we scared maybe a 5-year-old the first year and the next year it was a 10-year-old and now we're scaring adults and teenagers, and we find that very satisfying," said Amy Borghi.
Deno Borghi Sr. said he didn't want to leak any surprises for next year, but as with every year since its inception, he's added more robots and effects.
Borghi said this year's RC Haunt raised about $2,000 for the Los Osos High School Renaissance club and the Loma Linda Children's Hospital.
For more information, go to the RC Haunt Facebook page.
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