Chilliwack's spookiest family is on the lookout for a psychobilly king and queen.
The Moran family has been scaring the wits out of people since 1994 on their East Chilliwack property, Fantasy Farms, with two haunts that rivals some of the best attractions in the Lower Mainland. "For a small family-run operation, we're rivaling the guys with the big budgets," said Gary Moran, Fantasy Farms owner and haunt mastermind.
The Reapers Haunted Attraction is a medieval realm devoid of all time-period niceties like knightly valour and chivalry. The walkthrough attraction begins with a creepy crypt, which is followed by darkened hallways, executioner's lair and witch's kitchen. Those who dare, move on to join loose ghouls, zombies and psycho clowns in the Maze of Terror.
"People have been following us since we started and a lot of people come at least half a dozen times a season," Moran said. "They just love it, so they come over and over."
Through an online Facebook contest, the guy and gal who pull off the best psychobilly costume-best described as zombie pin-up fashion-will be crowned reaper royalty.
Along with gifts, the winners will be given admissions tickets to different events, concerts and fairs throughout the season.
"We're hoping to, with their consent, get them tickets to different events throughout the season so that they can represent Reapers," Moran said. "They're kind of like Reaper's mascots, I guess."
The family's love of Halloween dates back to Moran's childhood.
Moran recalled a time when his uncle, who lost his arm in a motorcycling accident, made light of his injury and transformed it into a grisly mess of shredded, vein-like material, complete with a meat cleaver driven into the wound.
"It looked like he'd just been butchered, and he was our candy giver," Moran laughed. "We heard so much screaming from our house, that we actually cut our trick-or-treating short so we could go back and hide and watch all the antics."
Moran and wife Lisa, who have been married for 33 years, have been at the helm of the operation since the haunt's inception. He foresees years of continued success, but probably in the more than capable hands of their two adult sons, Dave and James.
To enter the contest, which closes on Oct. 27, visit Fantasy Farms at 9423 Gibson Rd. to have your photo taken and uploaded on to the contest Facebook page.
. For more information, visit www.fantasyfarms.inc.ca.
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