Get your scare on at the Great Amherst Scarefest


AMHERST – If you hear scream­ing at the Amherst Cen­tre Mall this week­end, don’t be alarmed.

It’s just peo­ple be­ing scared silly for the sec­ond straight year at the 2017 Great Amherst Scarefest, tak­ing place in­side where Shop­pers Drug Mart used to be.

Kelly Brine, one of the cre­ators and a co-or­di­na­tor of the Haunted Scarefest, of­ten heard screams while work­ing at the 2016 Amherst Cen­tre Mall book­store last year.

“Last year when we put it on I could hear the scream­ing all the way up the hall­way at the book­store,” said Brine.

She said it went over so well last year that they ex­tended the 2016 Scarefest to Sun­day.

ey did the same this year, start­ing Wed­nes­day and run­ning un­til Sun­day. This year’s show has more cre­ative ways to ter­rify peo­ple.

“ e rst thing you go through is a ceme­tery, and then you go through a haunted for­est, which upon you come across Es­ther Cox’s house, and next to Es­ther’s house is a haunted play­ground,” said Brine.

e tour also in­cludes a cir­cus with scary clowns, a zom­bie pit, an asy­lum, a morgue, and much, much more.

Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, soon af­ter the open­ing of the Haunted Scarefest, Aleisha MacAskill and Kristy VanSnick, both adults, emerged from the Scarefest scream­ing.

“Me and my fam­ily just drove up from Monc­ton for it,” said MacAskill. “ e asy­lum and the clowns scared me the most.”

VanSnick is from Amherst and said the show was put to­gether re­ally well.

“I went through it twice al­ready,” said VanSnick. “You never know what’s com­ing up or what’s around the next turn.”

The cost is $5 for teens and adults, and $3 for kids.

“ is year we put a cost to it so we can earn back what we have spent out of our own pock­ets to buy dec­o­ra­tions,” said Brine. “What­ever we make this year, half will go to a char­ity and the other half will go to­wards get­ting stu for next year.”

Last year’s Scarefest was where the Bluenotes cloth­ing store used to be, but this year they up­graded to the for­mer Shop­pers Drug Mart Store.

“We’ll prob­a­bly be in the same place next year but, hope­fully, if we can keep it go­ing and get big­ger and bet­ter, if there’s noth­ing there, we want to take over Zellers.”

The Haunted Scarefest for kids 12-and-un­der is Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Satur­day and Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

e show for teens and adults runs urs­day and Fri­day from 4 to 9 p.m., and Satur­day and Sun­day from 3 to 6 p.m.


Creepy clowns are just one of many fright­en­ing phan­toms that have peo­ple scream­ing at the 2017 Great Amherst Scarefest at the Amherst Cen­tre Mall, where the Shop­pers Drug Mart used to be.

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