Scary house hor­ror is over

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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