Chills, thrills and scares await at Red Deer’s “most fatal attraction” this Halloween.
The 28th annual Zed Haunted House promises spooky surprises for children and adults at 6833 66th St. until Halloween night.
The theme this year is Medieval times, said event manager John Johnston, adding that it will take attendees back in time to Salem and witches.
“If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the castles and Medieval spells, you can come and participate,” said Johnston.
“It’s dark spaces, live characters, animatronics, it’s a very interactive attraction.”
About 40 actors and volunteers of all ages come together every night to put on the show. Overall, more than 160 people volunteer 8,000 hours for the spooky attraction every year.
The event has grown over the years.
“We average about 7,000 people that come through the event every year,” said Johnston.
Funds raised from the haunted house support the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer & District.
Johnston said the haunted house is the club’s biggest fundraiser and supports various programs throughout the year in central Alberta, making a difference in the lives of many local families.
“The youth are a huge part of it and they’re involved in raising money for their own benefit and their own club, and I think that’s the beauty of this event,” said the Red Deer County resident.
The club is able to use the money to run programs such as after school drop-in activities, sports and recreation, and weekend programs.
The hope for the event this year is to raise about $100,000, said Johnston.
Special guests who attended the preview evening “left the house satisfied, which, in this case, means we gave them a good scare,” said Johnston.
The 6 to 10 p.m. evening shows are not recommended for children under 10. Weekend matinee shows run 1 to 4 p.m.
The club hosts Midnight Madness, which is ideal for people “who enjoy intense scares.” Every year, the Midnight Madness event has a new twist and is only revealed to those who attend.
After the evening show on Friday, the doors will reopen at 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m. for those over 18.