905 haunted houses scare up fun for char­ity

Thornhill Post - - News -

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 Ken Samells with his

hun­gry. Now in its sixth youngest son 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.

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