Buena Vista Horror Club 2017

$4,205 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 67 people in 9 months
Very few homes decorate or give out candy to trick or treaters in Mexico due to the economy and Halloween being over-shadowed by the Dia de los Muertos holiday that is observed on November 2nd. The children are aware that there’s Halloween excitement across North America, but barely get to participate.

In 2004, we decided to start a small Halloween yard display in Tijuana to encourage the kids in the area to come out and trick or treat. As word spread that there was a house giving out candy on Halloween night, we went from a few dozen kids that first year to 200 the following year! As years went by, the number of kids kept growing and we kept adding props and décor to make the yard display more elaborate (and lots more candy!)

We always thought it would be cool to do a haunted house scare maze for them, so in 2012 we took the leap and did our very first walk-through. It mainly consisted of black fabric, plastic sheets and a handful of friends volunteering as scare actors. The kids loved it and we had over 700 people walk through our scare maze that Halloween night.

Oh the feeling of seeing the trick or treaters and their families going through the maze, getting a few good scares and receiving trick-or-treat candy for making it through; what a special sensation to say the least...we were hooked!

Word continued to spread beyond the neighborhood, growing attendance even more. We were soon drawing families from several of the city's surrounding neighborhoods...

We made a commitment to make the experience bigger and better for them each year, dedicating a lot of time into researching and learning different building, haunt design and prop making techniques. In 2014, we transitioned from simple fabric and plastic sheets to using lumber and real building materials for the construction of the maze as well as adding scenery, sound and lighting. In 2015, we had over 1,000 people come through our haunt!

All of this has always been (and always will be) absolutely free of charge to anyone that wants to come and visit our haunt. The cost of building and running this project was funded entirely by me and assisted by the invaluable help that friends and family provide by volunteering their time, talent and dedication; but as the number of people that come to our haunt increases each year, unfortunately, my personal income and budget could not keep up with the scope of the event.

For that reason last year we decided to reach out for help by setting up a GoFundMe campaign and through the generosity of our supporters (special shout out to my Reliant Funding family, Eduardo Martínez at AHF.org and GoFundMe) not only did we hit our funding goal but actually went over by 16%!!!

With the funds raised we were able to cover the shortfall and on Halloween night over 1,250 trick-or-treater's came through our haunt! We even caught the attention of local news media who came to report on the event.

And continuing with our tradition, everyone got their equal bounty of candy regardless of age!

This is our way of contributing to the community and creating lifelong memories for both kids and adults. Do you remember the excitement of Halloween? Many of us still remember the thrill of discovering a home haunt on our trick or treat runs. The ability to create those feelings in hundreds of other people each year is indescribably rewarding (not to mention, the thrill of doing the actual scaring!)

This year's theme will be a Haunted Orphanage that will include a 22ft H x 32ft W Facade and Expanded Maze Layout:

This year is also our 13th Anniversary and due to the exposure we got last year we are expecting the number of trick or treaters to increase even more than before…That’s why your help through this Campaign is more important than ever before!

I have already invested over $2,000 of my personal funds towards this year's event and our campaign goal will allow us to purchase the extra building materials, tools and paint to build our two story facade and expand the square footage of the maze layout; as well as lighting/sound, actor costumes, make-up and candy needed to support the number of people that we expect this year.

Can you help us provide the kids in Tijuana another safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN?

There’s no minimum or maximum pledge limits. Please feel free to contribute as much as you are financially comfortable doing.

We will post videos and pictures of our progress throughout preparations, as well as from the main event on Halloween night.

Like us on FB for updates and more information about our haunt. Interested in volunteering for the build or being a scare actor? Please contact us as we would love to talk with you.

Even if you are not able to make a monetary donation you can still help us out tremendously by spreading the word and sharing our campaign on social media through the share links on this page.

On behalf of the children and their families, we thank you in advance for helping us make this happen.

Photo credits: Sid Rocha, Jesus Bustamante, Liliam Jimenez and Ruby Geron.
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Even though we did not reach our funding goal before Halloween the event was a huge success!

We had 1,445 tick-or-treaters come through our haunt and every single visitor received their bounty of trick-or-treat candy.

Our campaign is currently at 76% and we still need your help to hit our funding goal in order to cover the extra expenses incurred as we had to borrow funds to pull the event off.

If you can still help us by making a donation and sharing our campaign link with anyone who would be interested in donating we would truly appreciate it.

On behalf of the kids, their families and the crew from Buena Vista Horror Club we thank you for your continued support and for helping us make this project this a reality.

We will be posting more pictures and videos of the event soon.
Finished Facade Day
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1 More day till Halloween!!!

Since our last update on Friday we jumped from 55% to 72.5% of our funding goal!!!

Thanks to those donations we bought the materials needed to work non-stop over the weekend and finish construction of the maze at 2:00AM last night! At this point we just need to finish painting and distress some of the walls, installing lights, sound, video and arranging the furniture and props for each room scene.

We still need to purchase costumes and makeup for our scare actors and CANDY…lots of CANDY! So please continue to share our campaign link on social media so we can hit or get as close as we can to our funding goal today!


P.S. Special shout out to Adam LeBlanc from The Fleshyard Haunt ( https://www.pumpkinpatchhaunt.com) and to my brother in arms Matt Price as he spent $1,000 of his own personal funds to have a crew of 7 of my Reliant Funding family members ( www.ReliantFunding.com) come down TJ to help us out with the build to speed things up. Definitely feeling the love!
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5 More Days till Halloween and we are only at 55% of our funding goal!

The Orphanage Façade has been completed and we started on the maze construction last week, unfortunately, we have reached a halt as we have run out of funds and still need materials (lumber & paint) to finish the maze and the CANDY for the trick or treaters…LOTS of CANDY!!!

Our time is running out and we desperately need your help: Please DONATE whatever amount you feel comfortable with and SHARE our campaign link so we can raise the additional funds to cover the shortfall and purchase the materials we need before the weekend. We will be working non-stop so we can get it done on time and make this a reality for the kids in Tijuana once again.

From the crew at Buena Vista Horror Club we thank you once again.


P.S. GoFundMe only allows to upload 3 images per update, you can check all the pictures of the build process from the start in the Build 2017 photo album of our FB page.

P.S. #2: Special shout out to Eduardo Martinez at Aids Health Foundation (AHF.org) for the big $600 donation push and a BIG shout out my brother Matt Price from my Reliant Funding family who spent $1,000 of his own personal funds to have team come down and help us with the build last Saturday 14th. Special thank you to Cherylynn Shuman, Kayla Wiggins for coordinating the logistics and to our CEO Adam Stettner for the support...Feeling the love!
Facade Complete!
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We have just reached 51% of our goal!!! Please continue to share our Campaign so we can reach our funding goal as soon as possible and have everything ready for the kids come Halloween!
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