The Nightmare Avenue haunted house has been scaring people in October for over a decade.
It started as specters and screams from inside a house in the Sutherland area of Saskatoon. Now it has been transformed into a scary maze inside a barn in the village of Neuanlage.
Neuanlage is located about 30 minutes north of Saskatoon, off Highway 11.
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Haunted house co-founder Jeremy Bacon said it all comes down to love for everything that comes with Halloween, aside from candy and trick-or-treating.
Preparation for the haunted house began in August.
“It’s something we can all have fun with,” Bacon said. “I’ve always liked scary things, scaring people. It is always a fun time for me.
“We build it around people’s fears. We try to discover what are the biggest fears and the points of contact for people. “
This year’s edition featured more than a dozen volunteers who helped provide the scares inside the barn. It also has a series of animatronics and images to keep people on their toes, not knowing what will come next.
“We have a lot of manpower and hours dedicated to all the different areas that you can experience,” said haunted house volunteer Brandi Tolofson. “It’s something for everyone’s fears.”
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They even adapt the level of fear based on what each individual can handle.
Bacon said that due to a complaint and an issue with Rosthern’s RM, the structure they had planned to build and house the haunted house had to be scrapped, so they used their garage as a temporary parking area.
Now they are using an old barn on a neighbor’s property, a couple of houses in Neuanlage.
It’s this kind of reception from the community and Halloween fans that makes them want to go up every year.
“We have people from all over the place coming out of the closet,” Tolofson said. “We had a guest who came out just so nothing would go wrong. He told us that this is the best haunted house they have ever experienced. “
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His daughter Mikaylah is helping with the screaming and scares needed inside the barn.
“It’s fun to do it, meet people, spend time with family and scare people when they don’t expect it.”
Brandi said all donations go towards upkeep and upkeep of the haunted house.
All visitors must wear masks and follow current health protocols.
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The haunted house is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 11pm, until the rest of October and, of course, on Halloween Sunday. They will open earlier on Halloween for a kick off for the kids.
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