Get frightened for a good cause at The Haunting

The Haunting at Bridal Falls, near Chilliwack, will be donating part of its admission fees to the Cinderella Project this Halloween

Jeannie Savard is the brains behind The Haunting at Bridal Falls.

If you like having the snot scared out of you, then you’ll love The Haunting at Bridal Falls.

Jeannie Savard is the brains (mmm…brains) behind the haunted house.

Halloween is her favourite time of year — she gets to pull out her severed heads, creepy dolls, mummies, ghosts and spiders, and bring your worst nightmare to life.

Her 5,000 square foot haunted house is split into several different rooms, but you have to go through each one in order to make your way out of The Haunting. There’s a mad science lab, psychotic butcher, circus of horrors, a zombie maze, and more.

Characters will pop out at you from the most obscure hiding spots — try to guess which ones are real humans and which are fake.

Savard has more than 20 live characters throughout The Haunting, most of which are students.

One volunteer is a young girl who happened upon the haunted house when she was at Bridal Falls with her parents. She plays a zombie like no one else can, says Savard.

“She’s the cutest zombie around but everyone is scared of her because she hisses and limps around.”

This year, they are catering to everyone, so even young kids can enjoy The Haunting.

Savard and her volunteers use walkie-talkies, that way everyone knows which fright level to bring their “victims” to.

“There are three levels,” she says. “Rare, which would be for small kids, medium rare is for pre-teens, and well done is teens, adults and whoever else likes to get really scared.”

Rest assured, they do have emergency exits for those who get super freaked out. But Savard isn’t doing this just to see if you’ll pee your pants. She’s also raising money for a good cause.

Part of each admission fee will go towards the Cinderella Project, a charity that gives less-fortunate high school students a chance to go to prom.

“I didn’t have a grad when I was growing up. I could not afford a grad dress and could not afford to go to grad. It was embarrassing,” says Savard. “This is where my heart lies this year, with the Cinderella Project.”

They provide dresses (and suits/tuxes for the guys), hair styling, makeup, and even transportation to those who can’t afford the hefty price tag of graduation.

“That’s why it’s called the Cinderella Project, because they treat you like Cinderella,” she says.

Savard has always partnered with a charity during Halloween. For years, she would spend weeks transforming her Promontory home into a haunted house for her neighbours to enjoy. And every year, admission was by donation to a charity of her choice.

Now, she has so many Halloween decorations that she had to move it to a bigger location for people to get the full effect. She’s hoping visitors will have a good look at the scary and gruesome things around them, instead of just going through the haunted house as fast as possible.

“If they’re really scared, they’re out of here in five minutes. But if they take their time, it could be 15 minutes or longer.”

The Haunting at Bridal Falls is almost entirely indoors. There’s one room that’s outside, but it’s undercover. The outdoor waiting area is also covered, plus there’s plenty of parking.

Every Saturday, plus on Halloween night, SkyLock Fire Performance will be entertaining visitors. There will also be a draw to win a tattoo valued at $180 from Inkboy Tattoo Studio in Cultus Lake.

Admission is $7 per monster, or $25 per Addams family (4 or 5 people). Every admission ticket to The Haunting at Bridal Falls gets you a $2-off coupon to Ranchers Restaurant, located next door.

The Haunting at Bridal Falls is at 53560 Bridal Falls Rd. They’re open daily until Halloween. Hours are: Mondays to Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m., and they will be open 6 to 10 p.m. on Halloween night.

For more info, go to thehauntingatbridalfalls.com.

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