Two local women have transformed their homes into hovels of horror-yet again-in support of local causes in Chilliwack.
Jeannie Savard has been putting together haunted attractions for the last 25 years, five of which have been in Chilliwack.
She converts the front yard and lower half of her residence on Promotory Mountain into Jeannie's Haunted House. Planned a year in advance, the haunt boasts 13 elaborate scenes, including a scarecrow pumpkin patch, witch's lair, science lab, 10-foot pirate ship, werewolf family, zombie mermaid's hot tub and "surprise" ending. Actors dressed up in frightening garb will mill about the property and bring the scenes to life.
"I started really small out here in Chilliwack and now it's right through my house," Savard said."It just got bigger and bigger."
Depending on the weather, the event sees between 200 to more than 500 visitors on average. "I just love it," Savard said. "I do it mainly for my followers and the children."
Although entrance is free, Savard requests that people donate a can of pet food or money if possible. All proceeds are given to the Chilliwack BC SPCA.
"That's really what keeps me going, is helping the community and raising funds," she said.
"Animals are really an important part of our family."
Check out Jeannie's Haunted House at 5379 Westwood Dr. on Oct. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. Resident Corene Cronin has been hosting her annual fundraising food drive, the Nightmare's Haunted House at 46602 Yale Rd., for more than 10 years.
"It costs one can of food to get through the door, and you generally leave screaming," Cronin wrote on Facebook. "But don't be afraid to bring the little ones, as we make sure not to scare them as much."
. The haunt will be open on Oct. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.and cost of admission is a can of food. The food will donated to three local families, who were selected by Cronin.
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