A North Vancouver family is taking its Halloween haunting very seriously this year with a one-way walk-through scare zone that will finish with a sweet candy ending, for those brave enough to make it all the way through.
The organizers of the spooky setup at 1956 Jones Ave. are advising that it may be a little intense for very young trick-or-treaters, so parental discretion is advised. The display will include live actors for those terrifying jump scares (they won’t touch you and you shouldn’t touch them, organizers say), as well as a mixture of homemade and store-bought props, an intricate lighting setup, special effects such as fog and dry ice, and some very creepy audio.
The haunt will be running on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., and again on Halloween night, from 5:30 p.m. until about 10:30 or 11 p.m.
There will be a haunt host at the entrance, allowing groups through one at a time to ensure adequate spacing.
The haunters will also be collecting voluntary donations, with 75 per cent of proceeds going to the West Vancouver SPCA and 25 per cent going to upkeep and upgrades for the annual spooky display.
It could be a banner year for spooky Halloween spectacles across the North Shore and beyond. A new report from BC Hydro says about 25 per cent of British Columbians are going to, or already have, set up "mega displays" for the big night of Oct. 31 and plan to do the same for Christmas.
While the haunts around the North Shore may cause nightmares, the weather for Halloween is looking absolutely dreamy. Here's the full Halloween forecast, which is calling for a blessed dry spell following the wicked wet weather we've been having.
And if you're looking for some more Halloween fun for little trick-or-treaters that doesn't involve scaring them half to death, here are some spooktacular science experiments that you can try at home.