By Justin Seward
With Halloween fast approaching, a gutted Redcliff greenhouse is being turned into a haunted house by its owner.
The Glass House Haunting is an 8,000 square foot haunted maze that will lead people through many Halloween-themed rooms with spooky animatronics, lights and riddles that will bound to give one a spine-chilling experience.
There will also be a haunted art show throughout the greenhouse.
Kevin Lagasse purchased the greenhouse at Second Street SW in the town and felt with the free space he wanted to do something for the community.
“It came from actually the idea at home,” he said.
“ I did it at home in Crescent Heights- really I love to do Halloween. My yard was completely packed with animatronics and decorations. I probably had over 700 pieces at my house on Halloween and we scare people. That’s kind of what we did, we just wanted to make something way bigger.”
Lagasse got to the point where he purchased enough Halloween decorations that he could not store anymore at his house this year.
Lagasse owns Rigz Roofing and his crew was able to do most of the welding work on top of about a dozen volunteers who helped set up last week.
“A lot of it is the animatronics from Sprit Halloween,” he said on theme.
“We kind of themed everything from that.”
The haunted house is acting as a fundraiser for the Redcliff Youth Centre and the Medicine Hat and District Food bank.
“I think a lot of it-especially because of COVID-19-nobody has been able to do anything for so long,” said Janae Ulrich, Redcliff Youth Centre program coordinator.
“It’s coming together and figuring out how we can do these things, how can we do them up to code and how do we do them safely. We want to provide a good time for people. The community needs us now more than ever and especially our youth.”
Ulrich said they are so excited to see the reaction from people with all the animatronics set up.
“It’s just a really great way to bring people together in safe way and celebrate a season and holiday event that people really love,” she said.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be spray painted lines for people to stand in, a registration process, a waiver form will have to be signed and sanitization stations and washrooms will be on site.
People will go through the haunted house in groups of four and there will be a separate exit.
Admission is $5 per guest or $15 for a family of four.
If people bring a non-perishable food donation for the food bank then admission is $3.
Pipeline Grazing will be matching dollar for dollar in what the Youth Centre raises.
The Glass House Haunting runs from Oct. 15-31 at Second Street SW in Redcliff.
Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Halloween night will go from 6 p.m. to midnight.