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Haunted Car Wash fundraiser: A scream for Red Deer motorists and Lindsay Thurber students

It will be held in Clearview Ridge Friday and Saturday evening
A fundraising Haunted Car Wash will be run by costumed band and choir students from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Squeeky Kleen Car Wash in Clearview Ridge. (Contributed photo).

Betting that squeegy-wielding zombies will generate more fun and money than chocolate sales, Lindsay Thurber students are preparing to launch a fundraising Halloween Car Wash.

On Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., creepy clowns, mummies and the restless undead will be buffing up cars and trucks at the Squeeky Kleen Car Wash in Clearview Ridge.

About 45 costumed band and choir students will be doing their best to frighten families as they scrub vehicles, sending dirt into the Twilight Zone, said Louis Sirois, a member of Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School’s Music Parents Society and the event’s organizer.

Once cars enter the “Curtains of No Return,” Sirois joked that motorists will be treated to “scares and spooky shenanigans.” For $20, Red Deerians will get “unlimited screams and scares,” as well as a thoroughly hand-washed vehicle, and treats for the kids, Sirois added.

Owners of the Squeeky Kleen Car Wash, at 56 Carleton Ave. (across from the McDonald’s), are allowing the students to use 10 interior bays for the fundraiser, so Sirois imagines a lot of cars will be able to get through fairly quickly.

He came up with the idea of a haunted car wash to help support a planned student trip to a Niagara Falls music festival next spring. “My daughter is just crazy for Halloween,” he explained, and the two of them saw a YouTube video about a spooky car wash held in California.

Launching this kind of fundraiser in Red Deer seemed like a lot more fun than asking students to go door-to-door selling boxes of almonds, said Sirois. “It was something that the kids could be involved in, and motivate them to work towards a goal.”

About 40 band and choir students from the school, including his 16-year-old son Jacob, are planning to attend the Ontario festival next May.

The non-profit Lindsay Thurber Music Parents Society supports choral and band programs at the school, including fields trips, in the belief that meeting up with other music students and teachers will be inspiring.

Sirois hopes the haunted car wash will raise about $500 to help subsidize trip costs, and become an annual event.

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