Scary house horror is over
Children and adults will mourn the loss of the Halloween House in Dannevirke’s Victoria Avenue, which had become a fixture in the town’s event calendar.
It was the inspiration of Marie and Gary Foster and last year it was visited by nearly 700 visitors — many dressed in Halloween costumes. There were 300 in the afternoon when it was appropriate for young ones (and reporters) and the rest came in the evening to a truly shocking experience with eerie lights and auditory surprises.
Marie had a team of 20 volunteers, mostly dressed as witches, two friends returning for their second year from Auckland — and they said they would be back.
Marie died a month ago and the Halloween House is no more.
The SPCA had benefited from $465 with bedding, towels, a bag of animal toys and a banana box of pet food being donated as well.
This group from New World Supermarket, who used to support Marie and Gary Foster’s Halloween House met at the Merrylees Hotel on Saturday night to farewell a workmate and remember Marie who died a month ago.
Somewhere in the centre in green among all the volunteers was organiser Marie Foster in 2017.