Penticton and South Okanagan
Haunted attraction for a good cause
Oct 26, 2013 / 5:00 am
Penticton couple Erik and Lisa Laflamme have long considered Halloween their favourite time of year.
They were married on Oct. 31,and have worked as actors at a haunted house in Calgary.
Now they are treating the public to a haunted attraction, known as the Creekside Insanitorium, at their home on Eckhardt Avenue.
"Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about being with your family, but Halloween is all about having friends over," said Erik Laflamme, "And maybe my wife and I are just a little twisted as well."
The couple have been creating haunted houses for the last five years. They did their first in North Vancouver, and this is their second since moving to Penticton.
They had a lot of people come through the first year, and are hoping for a good turn out this Halloween.
The attraction is designed to do more than scare the heck out of people, donations will go to the Upper Deck Vees, a special needs hockey team in Penticton.
"They need new uniforms and hot chocolate and stuff for special nights," said Laflamme. "So this is our way of giving back."
Barrels will also be set up for people to donate food to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
The attraction begins with a haunted cemetery in the front yard, featuring headstones, skulls, bones and ghouls.
Inside the house itself, visitors will be greeted by disembodied characters like Edgar the Butler, Donna the Dead and actors dressed up as witches and ghouls along with their pets.
Erik Laflamme will be dressed up as Dr. Frank and accompanied by Dr. Stein.
There are fog machines and spooky music will be piped in. Laflamme said they are also hoping to park a hearse in the front yard.
"This is just something to have a lot of fun with," he said. "And it is for anyone from age 6 to 86.
The Creekside Insanitorium at 796 Eckhardt Ave. E, at the bottom of Creekside Road, will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 to Wednesday, Oct. 30 and on Halloween, from 6 p.m., until late.
It is not recommended for the faint of heart, toddlers or people with medical conditions such as epilepsy or asthma.
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