Creepy Hol­low of­fer­ing Oc­to­ber fright nights

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS SOUTHERN ALBERTA -

“Through­out the last 17 years that we’ve been do­ing th­ese haunted houses, peo­ple come in Oc­to­ber more and more.

“So, we set up th­ese fright nights where vol­un­teers come in and dress up to scare peo­ple all through­out the prop­erty.”

“There’s a maze that’s fun for kids and adults,” adds Reimer of what the fright night events have to of­fer the pub­lic “as well as a ghost town walk, a haunted house tour, a mon­ster hall tour and we have a new grave­yard this year, too.”

Creepy Hol­low, which is a rel­a­tively new at­trac­tion to Warner, came about af­ter the Reimer fam­ily moved from their pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tion in Stir­ling in which they owned and op­er­ated the Haunted Man­sion. How­ever, even though they moved towns, the idea to scare the com­mu­nity and of­fer a fun at­trac­tion for all to en­joy re­mained a con­stant.

In 2000 the Reimers first de­cided to open a scary at­trac­tion af­ter pur­chas­ing a man­sion within Stir­ling that was said to al­ready be haunted thanks to the colour­ful his­tory the build­ing had within the town.

“Given the age and his­tory and fun func­tions that it lived through, it lent it­self to do­ing some­thing like the Haunted Man­sion so nicely!” says Reimer of the fam­ily’s de­ci­sion to play with their prop­erty’s his­tory.

How­ever, even with the house’s his­tory, the idea to make it an at­trac­tion open to the com­mu­nity and trav­ellers far and wide came about by chance.

“We ac­tu­ally started the house by ac­ci­dent. Me and my step-daugh­ter thought it would be a fun idea if we dec­o­rated the place and gave the neigh­bour­hood kids some­thing fun to tour in the Hal­loween sea­son and then it just grew from there.”

Yet, af­ter 14 years of bring­ing thrills and chills to Stir­ling, in 2014 the fam­ily made the move to Warner, where they pur­chased a 20-acre lot and have grown their brand of ter­ri­fy­ing fun im­mensely.

With this be­ing the third year that Creepy Hol­low has of­fi­cially been in busi­ness, Reimer says although find­ing some­where to ful­fil their vi­sion and give more to the com­mu­nity than their pre­vi­ous house was a task, be­ing able to of­fer more year-round ac­tiv­i­ties to vis­i­tors is such a great feel­ing.

“We felt like we didn’t have a choice but to get busy and build some­thing new as fast as we could. Find­ing a lo­ca­tion was hard, but then we found an aban­doned farm and there was a lot to do, but so much room to cre­ate. The house is ever evolv­ing and we of­fer more ac­tiv­i­ties, for sure, and not just Hal­loween sea­son but through­out the year, such as mur­der mys­tery nights and zom­bie runs.”

Though the new lo­ca­tion has much more to of­fer vis­i­tors, Hal­loween is a piv­otal time, when guest num­bers spike and the pub­lic readies them­selves for nights filled with fright and fun.

While vol­un­teers dress them­selves up in cos­tumes and hide through­out the prop­erty ready to jump out and scare un­sus­pect­ing vis­i­tors and peo­ple from far and wide walk the prop­erty, tak­ing tours through­out the fan­tas­ti­cally “creepy” acreage, ready for the scary evening ahead.

Th­ese Oc­to­ber spec­ta­cles have grown big­ger, at­tract­ing more guests each year that the acreage is in ac­tion.

Th­ese Creepy Hol­low fright nights take place Thurs­day through to Satur­day through­out Oc­to­ber from 7-9 p.m. at Creepy Hol­low Acres which is lo­cated near Warner.

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