Brayden Carlson (left) and Keegan Jansen get spooked outside Ghost Ridge.

Historic horror at Ghost Ridge

Each of the four volunteer groups that helped put on Ghost Ridge earned $3,800.



You’re walking down a dimly lit lane. A couple of young harlots are asking you how you’re doing in their best Cockney accents. You round a corner to see a third working girl. As she calls to you, a man in black appears from behind her, knife to her throat, flashes a killer smile, and pulls her through a curtain.

The Jack the Ripper scene was just one of the 14 creepy sets in the Timeline of Terror at Ghost Ridge.

Witches burned at the stake, inquisitors stretched heretics on the rack and Roman gladiators appeared out of the darkness to menace passersby in a visit to some of the more horrifying scenes from human history.

Wednesday was the last night of the haunting, which began on Oct. 25. The reviews from some of the 2,800 people who went though the haunted house at the Albion fairgrounds over the past five days were consistently “better than last year.”

“We try and go all out every year,” said Sean Franklin, who is on the organizing committee.

He has been there through the Trail of Blood, Seven Deadly Sins, Phobias and Fears and a host of other themes for Ghost Ridge, and the goal each year is to make it the best ever.

Carla Christensen auditioned and placed the 48 actors for the sets, and said she was impressed with how the teens dedicate themselves to scaring the bejeepers out of visitors.

“It’s a lot of work for the actors, because you’ve got to be on all night long,” she said.

She gives them a crash course in acting.

“I tell them, ‘I want you to think about what it would really be like to be stoned to death, and then scream like that.’”

The darkness, the creepy sets and the screaming kids combine for a chilling effect.

And it scares people. Christensen has seen scared husbands push their wives in front of them.

Teenage girls sound off like horror movie scream queens.

“It’s those screams that keep the actors motivated,” said Sean.

Organizer Lorraine Bates was proud of the production.

“It was by far the best we’ve done,” she said.

Bates acknowledged the numbers were down slightly, from 3,000 visitors last year, but added that Ghost Ridge has to compete with Vancouver Canucks games, baseball’s World Series and a growing number of other haunted houses.

Still, each of the four volunteer groups that helped put on Ghost Ridge earned $3,800.

“What does my heart good is when the volunteers sit down afterward, and they’re so tired, but they start talking about what we’ll do next year,” said Bates. “That’s what spells success.”

Just Posted

More condos sought for downtown Maple Ridge project

Seeking 20 per cent increase in number of units

Maple Ridge roads getting rehab

Construction season starting soon

Pets: FIV – highly misunderstood

The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a retrovirus that affects approximately 2.5 to… Continue reading

Maple Ridge’s tent city evacuation shelter closing

Becomes a night refuge only, then shuts for good March 31

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

B.C. RCMP stop cyclist with no helmet, find out he’s wanted for murder

Kyle Antonio Dias, 19, to face second-degree murder charge in Toronto

VIDEO: Vancouver police release video of 2018 assault in hopes of finding suspects

The attack happened at about 2 a.m. on Mar. 31, 2018, outside Pierre’s Champagne Lounge in Yaletown

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

Teri Mooring will take over as president this summer

Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious: police

Ben Tyner was reported missing when his riderless horse was discovered on a logging road

Distillers hope federal budget scraps alcohol escalator tax

Tax hike set for April 1, marking third automatic increase in three years time

CBSA warns of delays at South Surrey border

Infrastructure upgrading means lane closures likely, especially March 20-22

Kids found playing darts with syringes in Vancouver Island park

Saanich police is urging people to throw out their syringes properly and safely

5 to start your day

IIO BC probe arrest at Surrey vigil for mosque shooting, Maple Ridge closes homeless evacuation centre and more

Most Read