For those who actually read my articles (thanks mom and dad), you may recall the article about Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer, and the two events they did this year besides their usual haunt. I figured for those who had never heard of the Haunt Attraction before, myself included, it might be cool to have some background info, and stuff new to the attraction this year.
Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer began six years ago, and this will be their seventh year operating. What began as a display in Brian and Amber Sutherland’s yard in town to a huge setup on an acreage by Kemnay. Their goal from the beginning was to create a fun, safe space for people to go, while raising money for a cause they believed in. They had their biggest year in 2016, and raised over $16,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. They managed to raise all that money in only three days, they had to close for a day due to rain.
So what’s there this year? The 1400sq ft abandoned house, a 3000 sq ft converted pole barn maze, and another 2800sq ft pole barn in which they made a kids carnEVIL area. The carnEVIL is new this year and has been in the works since early spring. The carnEVIL games even have free prizes which were donated by Centum Mortgage Choice. This year they also have a Capture the Zombie Bony Corral, and Bouncy Castles. The free laser tag for kids is back this year too!
Amber and Brian spend countless hours working on Grim Acres every year. Each day it’s running there are between 50-60 volunteers there as well doing security, running the concessions and carnEVIL games and working in the haunts.
Have kids? There is so much for them to do this year at Grim Acres, it really isn’t just for adults looking for a good scare but fun for the whole family. Wanna look like the good aunt/friend/ etc? Offer to take the kids to Grim Acres this year. Or maybe you just want to go yourself and check out the scary area.
This year Grim Acres runs from October 27th to 30th. The hours are from 6:00PM to 11:00PM with a no scare hour from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. This year they are also encouraging those who have lost someone to cancer to bring a carved pumpkin to be placed in their luminary area and they will light it in honour of their memory. As noted in the last article about Grim Acres, it is a free place to go, but donations are appreciated and go to the Canadian Cancer Society. So bring some cash and come get scared!