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Churchill House to be spookier than ever this Halloween season

Teaser images of ‘The Cellar,’ Haunted Churchill House’s first escape room experience, which begins this October, shows a scary, crime scene setting that guests will have to figure out before winning their freedom.
Teaser images of ‘The Cellar,’ Haunted Churchill House’s first escape room experience, which begins this October, shows a scary, crime scene setting that guests will have to figure out before winning their freedom.

HANTSPORT, N.S. – Hantsport has already proven itself as a pretty scary Halloween destination, now on its third annual Haunted House event. But they’re adding something new to the mix this year.

The Hantsport Memorial Community Centre (HMCC) is bringing extra frights throughout the month of October by offering escape room experiences called ‘The Cellar.’

Escape rooms, which have exploded in popularity in the last few years, requires a small team to work together to solve puzzles and put together clues in a locked room in a race to beat the clock.

Get out in time, you win.

Samara Millin, one of the volunteers who works on the Haunted Churchill House and other events for HMCC said members of the volunteer board became hooked on escape rooms and wanted to bring the concept to Churchill House.

“We decided the cellar of Churchill House would be the best place to hold it,” Millin said. “It’s very creepy. It’s got a bit of a crime scene vibe.”

The escape room is by appointment only, with groups between four and 10 people.

Bookings for ‘The Cellar’ can be found on the HMCC website.

Those who also purchase a haunted house ticket will get a discount code for the escape room.

Teaser images of ‘The Cellar,’ Haunted Churchill House’s first escape room experience, which begins this October, shows a scary, crime scene setting that guests will have to figure out before winning their freedom.

Saxby’s Curse

This year’s haunted house will be loosely based on real-world events and legend - Saxby’s Curse.

“It’s based around a storm that was called Saxby’s Gale, back in the 1800’s,” she said. “He was a guy who predicted a storm and nobody listened to him. A year later the storm happened and hundreds of people passed away because of this horrific storm.”

“We like to take something of interest in history, and then put our own spin on it,” she said.

Millin said guests can expect some scares, creepiness, and a story woven throughout.

The proceeds from both the haunted house and the escape room are invested back into the HMCC grounds, programs and maintenance.

“These are very well received in the area, and although we don’t have a set target fundraising wise… what is costs us, we made about four times that.” She said. “We want to provide events for the area, whilst raising funds as well.”

Millin said a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make these events a reality, writing a script, developing costumes and makeup, and many hours put in by the actors, all through volunteers.

Tickets can be purchased at HMCC or at Scotiabank Hantsport and Scotiabank Sackville, which matches ticket sales for a donation.

Haunted Churchill House Events

Haunted Churchill House Presents – Trick or Treat!

Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, 6 Main Street, Hantsport, N.S.

$10 - Unlimited bouncy castle use, child-friendly haunted house trick or treating

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 22, 2017. Rain date Oct. 29, 2017.

Saxby’s Curse – Haunted Churchill House

Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, 6 Main Street, Hantsport, N.S.

$10 – haunted house experience, recommended for children 10 and up.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Oct. 21 – 21 and Oct. 27 – 28.

The Cellar – Escape Room

Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, 6 Main Street, Hantsport, N.S.

$20 per person, $15 with groups of six or more. By appointment only.

Oct. 7 – Oct. 29, 2017. Various times.

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