Glenhurst Manor haunted house will benefit charity

A Victorian era hotel being built in Maple Ridge is promising scares galore for Halloween.

Matt Jonatschick outside Glenhurst Manor Haunted House

Matt Jonatschick outside Glenhurst Manor Haunted House

A Victorian era hotel being built in Maple Ridge is promising scares galore for Halloween.

The third annual Glenhurst Manor Haunted House will be open on Saturday to those brave enough to enter the front foyer.

Guests will enter the haunted house through the hotel lobby, then walk along corridors from room to room. There will be a room decorated in red velveteen with flickering lights and candles and a children’s room with a brass day bed and fleur de lis decor.

Upon exiting the hotel, guests will walk into an area filled with 30 jack-o-lanterns and where they will find a cemetery and mausoleum.

After 6 p.m. each night, there will be 10 live actors bringing the hotel to life.

It takes Heather Jonatschick and her husband Matt one month to erect Glenhurst Manor, with help from many of their friends, and three weeks to clean up every year.

But it is well worth the effort.

“People come by every day and watch it going up,” said Heather.

Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food items for the Friends In Need Food Bank.

“Our biggest thing is giving back to the community and helping neighbours around you,” she said.

Last year more than 1,000 people walked through their haunted house and they collected 12 banana boxes full of food. This year they want to fill 15 boxes.

Glenhurst Manor, at 11661 Glenhurst Street, opens this weekend, Oct. 25 and 26 from 6-9 p.m.; Oct. 30 from 6-9 p.m.; and Oct. 31 from 5-10 p.m. On Halloween night only, from 5-6 p.m., there will be no actors in the house for families with young children.