Ghost Ridge, fireworks on Friday

Halloween weekend starts with a bang at Albion Fairgrounds.

Joan Granholm helps set up Ghost Ridge haunted house at the Albion Fairgrounds.

Halloween weekend starts with a bang on Friday, Oct. 30 with the annual community fireworks display taking place at the Albion Fairgrounds at 7:15 p.m.

The event is being put on by the Maple Ridge Fire Department, with the help of Marv Jones Honda and the Maple Ridge Lions Club, and will serve as a food drive for the Friends in Need Food Bank. The event will go off rain or shine.

The Maple Ridge Lions Club will also be on hand hosting Halloween Land for smaller children not old enough to take part in Ghost Ridge, also at the fairgrounds.

The Lions Club will have a concession stand open.

Ghost Ridge will wrap its annual haunting of the Albion Fairgrounds on Oct. 30, from 6-9 p.m.

The 9,000-square-foot barn is transformed into a maze, with this year’s theme titled “Cirque de la Lune.” It’s based on the book Night Circus and tells what happens between circus people from dusk til dawn.

Inside the old dairy barns on the Albion Fairgrounds, volunteers have created sets depicting a circus freak show, a fortune teller, acrobats and mental asylum – all the things old circuses used to bring to town.

High school students work as actors at Ghost Ridge, earning credits for doing so, while four community groups this year are doing the grunt work of building the sets and decorations.

Maple Ridge Bruins Rugby Club, the Inritius Alliance Group and Maple Ridge Country Fest are the three host groups that will share in the fundraising this year.

Perhaps the most frightening part of the weekend has nothing to do with Halloween.

Daylight Saving Time 2015 ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, and that is when people should turn their clocks back one hour.

 

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