Haunt feels very much alive

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Haunt­ing of Oak Beach has grown from strength to strength with recog­ni­tion as a fi­nal­ist for the Best Tourist At­trac­tion, Best An­nual Event and an award win­ner of Best Live En­ter­tain­ment at the Port Dou­glas Busi­ness Awards. ‘‘I still feel the award Best Live En­ter­tain­ment Venue should be changed to Best Dead En­ter­tain­ment Venue’’, said the De­monised Ghoul aka Richard Laven­der. ‘‘Be­com­ing a fi­nal­ist as the Best Tourist At­trac­tion has brought the Haunt to a whole new level. I re­mem­ber last year when I an­nounced that the Haunt one day would be con­sid­ered a tourist at­trac­tion I was laughed at and fur­ther de­monised. This Ghoul just smiled and knew that the naysay­ers would be proven wrong. The pub­lic demon­strated the cred­i­bil­ity of the Haunt with their votes for best tourist at­trac­tion,’’ the Ghoul said proudly.

‘‘This year as well as last year we had visi­tors from the US, Canada, Ja­pan and New Zealand. We even re­ceived re­quests from a fam­ily in Hawaii ask­ing if they could be vol­un­teers this year. Plus, this year we were ap­proached by Peters Ice Cream to be a spon- sor of the Haunt. The re­quest for spon­sor­ship was turned down. But, this com­ing year we plan to ac­cept spon­sor­ship from in­ter­ested com­pa­nies de­sir­ing great re­spon­sive recog­ni­tion for their prod­ucts and ser­vices.’’

The Haunt started out as a lo­cal Hal­loween set up for the Oak Beach kids of the neigh- bour­hood some four years ago. Each year the Haunt ex­panded and gained new in­ter­est, from visi­tors to coun­cil alike. To­day ev­ery­one wants a piece. Some to con­trol it. Some to en­joy it and some to par­tic­i­pate in it. We’ll see what 2014 holds for the Haunt­ing of Oak Beach. Dis­cus­sions and plans have be­gun.

‘Best Dead En­ter­tain­ment Venue’?: De­monised Ghoul

Richard Laven­der aka The

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