Scare the hell out of yourself for a good cause

Ghost Ridge Haunted House in Albion fairgrounds opens Oct. 23

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

The circus is coming to town.

But it’s not the kind that will bring you cheers, more like screams, on Oct. 23, 24, 25 and 28, 29, 30.

Those are the dates for Ghost Ridge Haunted House, which this year is titled “Cirque de la Lune.”

It’s based on the book Night Circus and tells what happens between circus people from dusk til dawn, said organizer Lorraine Bates.

Inside the old dairy barns on 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.

But this circus is not for the faint of heart.

“Everything is black and white this year and it’s just gory stuff that happens between circus people,” Bates said.

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 (actors) and Maple Ridge Country Fest are the three host groups that will share in the fundraising this year.

In return for countless hours of toil, the groups split the gate proceeds, which usually amounts to about $20,000.

Ghost Ridge itself gets a 25 per cent share.

“It takes a huge commitment. They start building the sets in middle of September,” said Bates.

Halloween haunted houses are popping up throughout Metro Vancouver, but Ghost Ridge every year adopts a different theme.

“People want to see something new. They don’t have to go very far.”

Admission is $8 and if people go to Ghost Ridge on Oct. 30, the night before Halloween, they can see the fireworks show nearby.

Hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., although there’s a “family friendly” hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 and 25 only.


Just Posted

Pitt Meadows Community Foundation files extension for AGM

Waiting on financial report, said president Becker

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

No links between rural fires in Pitt Meadows, says chief

Squatters considered possible cause of Sunday’s blaze on Harris Road

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

Two boys saved after falling through ice in Coquitlam

RCMP say a Good Samaritan pulled the kids to safety

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Most Read