Visitors enjoy scary sights, sounds at Roger and Patsy Gouchie’s ‘haunted house’
Roger Gouchie makes some last-minute adjustments to his skeleton display on Friday afternoon as he and wife Patsy prepare to welcome guests to their annual haunted house event on the weekend. The Gouchies have been regaling visitors with their elaborate Halloween decorations and costumes at their Woodpoint home for five years now. TOWER PHOTO
WOODPOINT, N.B. – It's a spooky labour of love for Roger and Patsy Gouchie when they start decorating for Halloween each year.
Beginning nearly two months before, the Gouchies spend hours upon hours as fall sets in, working on costumes, setting up animated creatures, perfecting the lighting, digging graves and painting coffins – all in an effort to put just the right amount of chills and thrills into their haunted house that now attracts more than 150 visitors annually.
The Gouchies, who moved to Woodpoint about five years ago and have opened their home each year during the Halloween season ever since, say they both enjoy the spirit of Halloween and all the fun that comes with it.
“We just love it,” says Patsy.
“It’s Halloween,” adds Roger. “It’s all for fun.”
From skulls and zombies to bottomless pits and vampire bats, there’s a bit of everything in the Gouchies’ haunted abode, which is set up in the basement level of their Woodpoint home.
Hundreds of Halloween decorations are included in their collection, both inside and out, items they’ve amassed over the years from yard sales or store markdowns or donations from people who’ve heard about their passion for the Oct. 31 celebration. “And every year, we add something new,” says Patsy.
Not surprisingly, the home has come to be known in the neighbourhood as the Halloween house, says Roger.
“We’re just trying to keep the spirit of Halloween alive,” he says. “The kids just love it … and so do the adults really.”
Patsy says she and her husband have both always had an affinity for Halloween and just wanted to pass that on to a new generation.
“We just wanted to give back . . .and we have so much fun with it.”
The main event at the Gouchies’ haunted house was held on Friday and Saturday evening, in which volunteers (friends, family and co-workers) came in to don costumes and scare guests as they walked through the hallways.
The Gouchies say visitors are still welcome to come through on Halloween evening; even though there will be no ‘live’ bodies to scare people, there will still be plenty of frights offered up for guests as they make their way through the dark lair. Just head down to Woodpoint, you won’t miss it.