Haunted house with a heart spooks Vancouverites

18:02, November 01, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Seven years ago, only five children came to Brad Leith's front door on Halloween. This year, over 20,000 came knocking.

But a trip to Leith's house around Halloween isn't a run-of-the-mill trick-or-treating stop; it's a blood curdling adventure into the darkest depths of human fear.

Every October for the last six years, Leith has transformed his home in the sleepy, upscale neighborhood of Kerrisdale in Vancouver, British Columbia, into a ghastly haunted house and opened it up to the public.

When he first began, the mission was modest--to build a small haunted house for neighborhood children to visit on Halloween night.

Leith was nostalgic for the days of his own childhood, when the streets were packed with children performing tricks in exchange for treats while neighbors tried valiantly to scare the daylights out of them.

"I just had a memory of more people doing it 35 years ago. Nothing this elaborate, but doing something to try and transform the neighborhood to make it more unusual, and a little more spooky," he told Xinhua.

He never guessed the endeavor would balloon into one of the most famous Halloween events in Vancouver.

Since it's inception the Dunbar Haunted House, named after the house's location on Dunbar Street, has grown from a few rooms to a full-blown maze of terror.

Now featuring fourteen themed rooms and over 100 volunteer actors, the house has attracted over 100,000 visitors over the last six years. It opens every day from October 15 to 31, greeting line-ups snaking around the block of anywhere from 700 to 1600 guests per day.

This year's theme, Terror of History, winds guests through bone-chilling scenes from centuries past. Starting in ancient Egypt and Rome where Pharaohs, mummies and Roman soldiers come to life, guests run screaming into a medieval chapel of zombie monks, through Hell, Limbo, and emerge to find mutilated knights of the round table in the Renaissance.

Past the Spanish Inquisition, where red-caped colonialists drag a hook-nosed witch to be burned at the stake, a witch's lair is soaked in the blood and seething guts of mutilated animals hanging grotesquely from the ceiling. At any given moment as guests creep through, a creature trapped in a bloody burlap sack writhes, erupting into deafening screams.


【1】 【2】

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion