Parnell Walker (left) and Tiffany Hunt check their to-do list while standing in the pumpkin field that will be one of 10 rooms at the Seaside Heritage Centre decorated for the Clark’s Harbour Haunted House this year. Kathy Johnson photo
By Kathy Johnson
The haunting has begun at the Seaside Heritage Centre in Clark’s Harbour.
“Prepare to be amazed,” said Parnell Walker, who, along with some helpers, has been planning, plotting and decorating the historic three storey building for the Halloween season since mid September.
Parnell and friends are aiming to top last year’s haunted house, which attracted some 1,000 visitors and an encore performance. “It was a big hit last year,” said Walker. “We’re hoping to make it bigger and better this year.”
From an evil carnival entrance to zombies, aliens and other spooky characters lurking about in unsuspecting places, 10 rooms, each with a different theme, have been decorated for the display, which opens to the public on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
An estimated 45 volunteers will take part in the haunting. “People have been knocking down the door to be part of it,” said Tiffany Hunt.
Because of the fear factor, it is recommended that children under 10 should not attend the haunted house during the public viewings scheduled for Oct. 25, 26, 30 and 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Instead, Monday Oct. 28 has been set aside as “kid friendly night,” said Walker, and coincides with the town’s Halloween parade, which will begin at 6 p.m. from the town hall.
Participants will make their way down Main Street to the Seaside Heritage Centre, where children can go through the haunted house, get a bag of treats and have their costume judged. Prizes will be awarded.