A jolt for the Janeway
Haunted house back after closure over safety concerns
A year after his last attempt to put together the annual Haunted House in Butlerville was quashed over safety concerns, Hayward Butler looks to be on solid ground for spooking area residents in aid of a good cause.
Starting Oct. 24 and continuing through to Halloween, Butler and friends will open the new Haunted House at the location of the former Tom Woodford car dealership on Beach Drive in Spaniard’s Bay. All proceeds raised from the admission charges — $ 2 for kids and $ 3 for adults — will go to the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The move to a new location was necessitated by events last year, when Bay Roberts Fire Chief Clarence Russell presented Butler with a letter from the Fire Commissioner’s Office in Stephenville stating the 1,400 square-foot building in his backyard did not meet proper fire codes.
The previous three years, Russell had used a small greenhouse on his private property, but last year he opted to build a temporary structure outfitted with black tarpaulin inside. Attempts were made to bring that structure up to code in time for Halloween, but Butler’s efforts proved too late.
Since then, Butler has elected to move the haunted house to its new Spaniard’s Bay location. He says the rental cost charged by Ted Penney was greatly reduced to accommodate th e h a u n t e d h o u s e , a n d the Spaniard’s Bay Fire Department has been “no problem to deal with.”
Butler says he contacted the Town of Spaniard’s Bay about whether he would need any permits to operate the haunted house in the building and was told “ they’d be more than happy to have us in the town.”
While there may have been some concerns in the past about the use of the tarpaulin for the Halloween attraction, Butler says it is not flammable. Avalon Coal Salt and Oil donated the tarpaulin. Additionally, he says, electrical components of the house will rely on battery power.
It will be a new challenge for Butler and his team of over 25 volunteers to have the building ready for visitors by Oct. 24. The new location offers 5,000 square-feet of space to play with. He says the haunted house will include attractions people may recognize from similar setups in St. John’s.
“ You can never count up all the hours it takes putting this together,” says Butler, who began initial preparations for the haunted house last month.
“Hopefully people will more or less get what they came here for. It is a horror house, so hopefully they’ll feel a sense of horror and fright when they come here.”
In 2008 the house had 1,600 visitors, and even without the haunted house running in 2009, Butler and other volunteers were able to raise $4,400 through bingo and chocolate sales.
“ This year we hope to reach over $5,000,” he says. “If we can get above and beyond that, it would be even better.”
Butler says they will once again be looking to raise money through a bingo event. It will take place Nov. 7 at the Shearstown Lions Club at 12:30 p.m.
Annual Fall Sale
Coughlan United Church Women, Harbour Grace, Wednesday, October 13. Variety stalls and cold plate take-out at 3:00 p.m., eat in at 5:00 p.m. Tickets $8.00 at the door.
Knights of Columbus, Carbonear, Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be available. For more information call Sandra at 596-4104 or 597-3916.
Bluegrass and Oldtime Country Music Jam Session
Bay Roberts Lions Club, Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m. Doors open 1 p.m.
Shriner’s Television Auction
The 11th Annual Trinity Conception Shriner’s Auction, Eastlink Cable Channel 9, Tuesday, November 2, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, November 3, 8 p.m. Full list of items will be available in the November 2 issue of the Compass.
Bake/Craft Sale and Flea Market
Hosted by the Seaside Seniors Club, Hant’s Harbour, The Club Room, Thursday, November 4, 10 a.m.