Holmes family hosting 7th annual Haunted House

October 27, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Avery Park

This Halloween, an Orangeville house will be turned into a spooky, scary Haunted House for the whole community.

Not just on Halloween, but starting tonight (Thursday), 93 Biscayne Crescent (south of Alder Street) will be hosting its seventh annual Haunted House. From 6 to 9 p.m., it will be open for anyone willing to enter a backwards and upside down world.

One of the original creators, Glenn Holmes, says they started this as something fun to do with their neighbours, but over the years they have expanded, and are trying to see how far they can go.

“The first year we ran it, it was more for fun,” Mr. Holmes said. “We had a couple of props, and just threw them up in the garage, and we were giving the kids candy out of the garage. Then we bought a few more props, and just started building from there.”

Last year the theme was very successful, so they are making this year even scarier. Mr. Holmes didn’t reveal a lot about it, but says the theme will be backwards and upside down.

He also said, “It’s going to be scary, we don’t have different versions of it. We don’t tone it down for those that are younger or more afraid. We are all volunteers so we keep it as one set theme. When people come through they need to be prepared that they’re going to be scared a little bit.”

Those who help to make this happen are all important, and Mr. Holmes wants to enforce the point that, “it’s a team effort and a group event. It’s friends and neighbours from around the area that help out.”

As well as those who help to set it up, Mr. Holmes is asking everyone who visits to help by bringing donations to the Orangeville Food Bank.

“It’s a good opportunity to help out a charity while we’re doing it. We’re not going to charge admission, obviously,” he tells us. “We just want to do something fun for the kids in the community, but at the same time, the kids and the families can take the time to give something back. If they can contribute in their own way, bring canned goods or non-perishable food items, then we can give it to the food bank and everyone wins.”

Last year they were able to collect 440 pounds (200 kilograms), and they’ve made their goal 500 pounds this year. Having more people visiting every year, this is very possible, and they hope to reach this goal.

With it running both the 29th and 31st, Mr. Holmes is looking forward for everyone to come to their spook-tacular creation and see what they have done.

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