905 haunted houses scare up fun for charity
Things are going to get a little clownish this Halloween at 249 Taylor Mills Dr. S. Ken Samells, the host of the annual Halloween Haunt for Hunger, has his frightening funhouse at the ready to scare costumed neighbours in the name of helping the hungry. Now in its sixth year, the Haunt of Hunger has become an area tradition, garnering the support of local business and the adoration of neighbourhood kids as Samells transforms his lawn into a haunted attraction.
Every year, the Samells family collects a couple of carloads of non-perishable items and about $200 for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. And every year, their setup just gets bigger.
“It’s funny, I don’t even like horror movies,” said Samells. But he likes building the horrifying set pieces with his two sons.
“A few years ago, we started making our own coffins,” he said. “We have electric chairs, and we’re building two columns and fencing now.”
Last year, the Halloween Haunt for Hunger attracted 400 people to their lawn.
Residents of Thornhill who want to give back while having a scary good time can also visit the Thornhill Woods Haunted House, which accepts donations for SickKids.
Ken Samells with his youngest son