Ghost Ridge raises $25,000 this year

Ghost Ridge raises $25,000 with this year's haunted house themed "Poison Pen-Writings of a Mad Man".

Ghost Ridge raised close to $25,000 this year, proving not everyone is afraid of the dark.

It’s the second most raised by the haunted house since 2004.

This year’s theme for the haunted house at the Albion fairgrounds in Maple Ridge was “Poison Pen-Writings of a Mad Man.”

As a surprise Sunday, the final night of Ghost Ridge, Rayne Beveridge and students from the Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts performed a flash mob, dancing to Thriller by Michael Jackson just before the start of the fireworks at the fairgrounds, 7 p.m.

“They were all dressed up in Halloween costumes and they danced and sang. It was wonderful,” said organizer Lorraine Bates.

She added that one of the things that was well received this year with Ghost Ridge was the family friendly hours on the two Saturdays it was open; from 4:30 to 5:30, all the lights were on in the barn and no actors were on set so people could just view them.

Lots of children, as well as adults came by to check out the haunted house, Bates said, without being scared.

Splitting the money raised this year are The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association, the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club, the Ridge-Meadows Roller Derby League, the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Ghost Ridge Haunted House Committee – for next year’s event.