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Zane Huber, 7, poses for a portrait in his favorite mirror in the mirror room as family and friends get ready to open the 'In-Zane Project' haunted house, a Halloween haunted house which is a fundraiser for Zane Huber's medical bills, in Acampo on Thursday.

ACAMPO — A bog witch sits waiting to greet visitors on the right side of the hallway. The dead wait to pop out at visitors up ahead. From further away, the sounds of a man being electrocuted echo through the maze.

It’s haunted house season, and while Halloween is known for its tricks and scares, an Acampo family is hoping to add love and unity to the holiday.

The In-Zane Project has brought together seven families and their friends, who worked tirelessly to create a massive haunted house on 2420 E. Collier Road. Their goal? To raise money for 7-year-old Zane Huber’s medical expenses. Zane suffered from a vascular condition called vasa previa at birth. It has caused a roller coaster of health problems for the boy, leading to the need for a kidney transplant.

Zane lives with his mother and father, Kari and Phil Huber, and his 9-year-old sister Hannah.

Zane has a high tolerance for fear, Kari Huber said. In fact, he even acts as a tour guide for those who are too scared go through the house.

“Nothing scares Zane, that’s for sure,” said Kevin Williamson, Zane’s uncle.

“Nothing scares me,” Zane agreed while wandering around the hay bale lounge area.

One thing Zane has been looking forward to this year is trick-or-treating with his family, he said. He plans to dress up as Spider-Man.

But with a week to go until Halloween, he has been focused on helping set up the 10,000-square-foot haunted house in his family’s Acampo backyard.

Williamson started the tradition at his own house in 2002, just for fun.

In 2011, he and his wife Sabe moved, and asked if they could move it to Kari and Phil Hubers’ house. They agreed.

Last year, Williamson suggested that they use the haunted house to raise funds for Zane’s medical expenses. With a successful 400-customer turnout, the family decided to do it again this year.

“I think we’re going to double that this year,” Williamson said.

On a scale from one to 10, he said, he ranks it about a six for kids and about an eight for adults in scariness.

Kevin Huber’s secret to keeping the haunted house fresh? Following his gut instincts and mixing up what happens during the walkthrough on a daily basis.

The haunted house is free of charge. Visitors who want to help the Huber family can make a donation of any size at the ticket booth.

There will also be a raffle, with tickets at $1 each or seven for $5. The raffle will be held on Halloween, the haunted house’s last day, and the family will call the winners. Prizes include restaurant gift cards and pasta baskets.

Almost everything was donated, including decorations, power generators, and the food sold at the event.

The money raised will go to buy growth hormone treatments for Zane, which he needs in order to accept a kidney transplant.

Kari Huber said that her family also donates a portion of the proceeds to University of California, San Francisco to help their medical research into illnesses that cause kidney failure.

The haunted house will include 15 spooky scenes, a pumpkin search activity, a photobooth, and movies such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “The Munsters’ Revenge” will be projected for spectators to watch.

The haunted house is open from 7 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31.

Contact reporter James Striplin at jamess@lodinews.com.



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