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Happy Haunting! Teen Center Gets Spooky

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Shrieks, screams and moans filled the air inside the Scarsdale Teen Center Thursday night as the first Haunted Dungeon opened its doors to Halloween thrill-seekers. Cold, rainy weather kept the crowd down, but the horror was ever-present.

Lisa Politano of Yonkers, a cast member with Fright Room Productions, was in full makeup early. "This is perfect," she said of her ghoulish get-up designed to help her blend into the scenery.

The Teen Center was given a total makeover, with cobwebs, spiders, bodies, body parts and entrails figuring prominently in the decor. Skeletons, tortured souls and even a collection of unpleasant clowns populate the maze that winds through the room.

The Haunted Dungeon is not for those easily frightened (kids under 10 must have an adult with them). Animatronic figures, lighting effects and live characters keep visitors on edge throughout.

There were even a few familiar figures on hand Thursday night taking part in the show. B.K. Munguia, president of the Scarsdale Forum, and Procedure Committee Chairwoman Michelle Lichtenberg donned costumes and got into the Halloween spirit.

"In our private lives we like to have fun," Munguia said.

The Dungeon is the brainchild of Joe Delfino and Fright Night Productions. The company has done four other rooms, according to Carol Curto, who said she is a friend of the Delfino family.

Every year it gets bigger and better," she said. "Joe made a lot of the props himself," in addition to designing and directing the show.

The Haunted Dungeon will continue from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 28and 29; 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30; and 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 (Halloween). The Teen Center is located in the basement at 862 Scarsdale Ave. Admission is $5.

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