Delaney Anderson says the old MD Public Works building provided a good location for the Agricultural Society's haunted house, the Asylum, last week. With one area of the building already painted with white walls, an institutional theme was an easy decision to make.
Along with the medicine-gone-wrong themed spook house, the dark setting and a scratched concrete floor provided a fitting setting for a team of costumed tricksters to attempt to scare visitors who paid admission to enter.
Teamed up with her brother Brent in Crimsonwood Productions, the project gave them the chance to be creative, she says. Over 20 people on different crews helped construct, decorate, and act in the haunted house.
“It's lots of work, but it's lots of fun.”
The asylum was the second house they've put on in Bonnyville with the Ag Society. The Andersons have worked on haunted houses for five years.
Around 1,200 people attended over three days, some enduring a long waiting time, and around 150 were turned away.
The house was geared for those 12 years old and older, while anyone under that age needed adult accompaniment. The haunted house proved too scary for some, around 50 people, who were escorted out on request.
“Everybody was pretty impressed with all of our actors in there,” Anderson says. “It's about the whole experience of going through each of those different rooms and different areas. We tried to play on a whole bunch of different senses. It's not just about what they see, it's about what they hear and what they feel.”