Saints visit ghostly ground

All ready for Purge night? That was the question asked by Angela Gill, who manned the Purge room at the Granville Street Haunted House last Friday. Those brave enough to visit this weekend are welcome to come out Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A “Light’s On” tour is also possible on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Haunted House is located at the former location of the Granville Street Wellness Centre.

PORT HAWKESBURY: The expectations are that it’ll be a sequel just as good as the original.

The second annual “Haunted Hawkesbury” haunted house will soon open its doors, and this time around the event will be a fundraiser for the SAERC Saints boys hockey team. Last year’s haunted house was a fundraiser for Port Hawkesbury Highland Dancers who were saving up to visit Scotland.

This Friday and Saturday night, the event – subtitled “Sinister Saints” – will invite locals and anyone else longing for a good fright to the Port Hawkesbury Wellness Centre. The house will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. both nights.

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“I did a walkthrough of the house and explained how we did it,” said Denise Sampson, who ran the event last year. This year, she is advising SAERC coach Stan MacNeil and his players on how to make the house spooky as possible.

“Stan and I came up with a brand new theme for each room. Nothing is going to be repeated.

“Our trip was over by the time Halloween rolled around, and we wanted to see some other group take it on and benefit from the fundraising. It’s a community event that’s a little more enjoyable than selling tickets.”

Though the haunted house is pretty frightening – last year’s surgery room was especially gnarly – Sampson noted, quite rightly, that there’s nothing actually dangerous in the house.

“There’s little-to-no risk coming into the house,” she said. “It’s no-touch. You’re going to be scared as soon as you walk in, but you know you’ll have a good laugh when it’s all over.”

While the house will be open this weekend, those won’t be the only times locals can scare themselves silly on Granville Street. The house will also be open on October 27 and 28 (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and on October 29 and 30 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

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Grant McDaniel
Sports reporter Grant McDaniel is a Port Hood native, who after graduating from StFX University, joined The Reporter in 2001.