Looking for a spooky way to get in the Halloween mood?
Tri-Cities residents are decking their homes out with creepy decorations, in many cases to collect donations for charity.
If you have a Halloween house you want residents to visit, let us know the details: your street address and city, the dates and hours your display is open, a brief description of the display (is it kid-friendly?) and whether you’re collecting donations for charity.
Send all the details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let residents know about your display.
Here are four worth checking out this year:
• 2988 Forestridge Pl. — The Bilesky home will feature live monsters on Halloween, and the owners have changed up the display this year to make it different for repeat visitors. The lights will be on nightly through Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. Donations will be collected for Variety — The Children’s Charity.
• 1838 Haversley Ave. — David Ciarniello is hosting his first fundraiser for Variety, but is an old pro when it comes to haunted houses. He’s spent years collecting and building dozens of props, including technically complicated animatronics. And when Ken McLean of Halloween Alley on North Road heard he was fundraising for Variety, he told him to borrow whatever he needed for the display. Entrance is by donation, and the display will be open through Halloween, from 6 to 9 p.m., and will feature candy for the kids. This house is best suited to older kids and teens.
• 443 Draycott St. — Vickie Ayers, a long-time fundraiser for Variety, offers a family-friendly haunted house that’s suitable for younger kids. Last year, her house raised more than $7,000 for kids with special needs, and she aims to top that number this year. This display is wheelchair accessible, and runs through Halloween, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Entrance is by donation, and there will be candy for the kids. Visitors can also drop off recyclable cans and bottles for Ayers’ bottle drive.
• 486 McGill Dr. — The Potts family is creating a graveyard, witch’s circle, monster alley, spider forest, pumpkin patch and haunted house to run for two days: Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. both nights, with a slightly less scary display for younger kids from 6 to 7 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Coquitlam Animal Shelter, and organizer Erin Potts says while the shelter is keen to receive any donations, it especially requested Friskies Paté and dry food, as well as toys, for cats; Lean Cuts wet and dry food, as well as toys, for dogs (no rawhides); and chew sticks, pellets, toys and gift certificates to Thrifty Foods for rabbits.
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