Halloween house helps school

NANAIMO: Haunted houses prove to be spook-tactular this Halloween.

Dennis Larabee and his crew of Halloween helpers are preparing to scare up some cash for Georgia Avenue Community School with a spooktacular walk-through event on Wednesday (Oct. 31).

This Hallow’s Eve, one haunted house in Harewood is putting the ‘care’ in scare.

For one spooktacular night, the residence at 624 Winchester Ave. will be transformed into ‘The Crones Nest’, an interactive walk-thru Halloween event aimed at providing thrills and chills while raising money for a good cause.

Event coordinator Dennis Larabee said 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to Georgia Avenue School’s community programs.

“We’re putting so much effort into this to raise money for Georgia Avenue,” he said. “We’re trying to raise as much money as we can because it stays within the community.”

Since August, Larabee and a group of about six volunteers have been researching ideas and transforming the garage of his home into a glowing visual centered around the story of a young woman whose jealous heart turned bitter over time.

“When people see it at night, it’s really going to surprise a lot of people what they’re going to see in terms of what glows – things they’ve probably never seen before,” he said. “We’ve stepped it up a lot of notches.”

The event is being split into two viewings, an earlier kid-friendly viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and then it’s no holds barred for youth and adults from 8-10 p.m.

“We’re really going for shock value for the adults,” Larabee said. “Come 8 o’clock, the music changes, there’s more eerie, creepy music, and there’s going to be quite a few things that are going to change.

“We’re there to scare.”

Spectators can expect fog machines, creepy costumed actors and a ghoulish greeting gravedigger,  amongst other things.

Larabee said the support from the community and local businesses has been phenomenal. Most of the props are hand crafted and donated to the cause.

“I’ve had people e-mail me that I don’t even know asking if they can help,” he said.

Admission to the Crone’s Nest is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted for Georgia Avenue School.

To learn more about the Crone’s Nest Halloween walk-thru event, visit http://thecronesnest.weebly.com.

The folks at Island Haunt celebrate their 10th year scaring visitors to Beban Park exhibition grounds. Owners Stephen and Kerry Kass compiled their favourite aspects from the past 10 years and present them in Twisted, open nightly until Halloween.

Admission is $9 at the door.

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