A giant monster’s head is a new addition to the annual Haunted House tour at the Keillor House Museum beginning this week in Dorchester. Shown here in the monster’s mouth is, left to right: Westmorland Historical Society president Cole Morison, Alice Folkins and Gary Jonah instructor at the basic skills shop at Dorchester Penitentiary, where the monster was constructed. LEBLANC PHOTO
DORCHESTER, NB – Those brave enough to show up for the annual Haunted House Tour at the Keillor House in Dorchester are in for an even scarier time this year. As if the goblins, apparitions, corpses and evil clowns - and so very much more - that are part of the tour each year aren’t enough, a 12-foot monster head will add even more to the upcoming fright night experience.
“We’re so pleased to have the new monster in place this year. The boys at the basic skills shop at the (Dorchester) penitentiary made it for us and, as usual, they did a great job. People will walk right up its tongue and into its mouth,” Alice Folkins, who heads up the annual haunted house tour, said last week.
Participants to the annual Halloween event will be treated to even more macabre ‘things’ during this year’s four-evening event, she said.
“Oh, we change it up every year; there’s lots of scary things added every year. This year we’ve got a new coffin and Sleeping Beauty will be here, but she’s going to be pretty old because Prince Charming took a long time to find her in the woods,” Folkins chuckled.
And there’s a whole lot more scary stuff waiting to give visitors an experience they won’t soon forget.
Preparing a building the size of the Keillor House for a Halloween tour is no small feat and one that takes a lot of people a lot of time to prepare for.
“We’ve got some great volunteers, but we always need more. It takes about a month of evenings and weekends to get everything ready, and then we have to take it all down and pack it up for next year,” Folkins said.
But the event, which is in its ninth year, has become a hit with a lot of people. Hundreds of people are expected to tour the haunted house displays, which take in the two floors, basement and garage of the 200 year-old building over the four nights it will be offered. Visitors travel from the local area and as far away as Miramichi, as well as Nova Scotia and PEI to get scared out of their wits during the Haunted House tour.
However, it’s not recommended for children under the age of about 12 and even some people who might be feint of heart.
“It’s really scary. People are scared to death, so it’s just not a place to bring little kids. In fact, this year we’ve decided to have a porta-potty onsite and we suggest people might want to take advantage of that facility before they begin the tour,” Folkins noted.
However, for those who really enjoy the adrenaline rush; who want to join a few friends in a fun and frightful evening’s entertainment, then they won’t want to miss the Haunted House tour.
“If you don’t come for the tour, you won’t be able to talk about it tomorrow,” Folkins advises.
Beginning this week, the Haunted House tour, a fund-raising event sponsored by the Westmorland Historical Society, will take place on from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Keillor House Museum, Main Street in Dorchester; Oct. 18-19 and October 25-26. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students.