About 400 brave souls made their way through a local haunted maze over the weekend to enjoy some spooky fun and help out a good cause.
Carnage Caverns ran Friday and Saturday in the 2,000 square foot basement of Fort Saskatchewan doggy daycare Nincompups, collecting an unofficial total of nearly $2,000 for the Robin Hood Association and 500 pounds of food for the city’s food bank.
A three-woman creative team of Melanie Green, Tanya Holwell and Nincompups owner Lisa Ecker organized this year’s version of the annual haunt. This weekend marked Ecker’s eighth year of involvement with the fundraiser.
"This year we had a concept that we weren't sure was going to go over as well as it did,” Ecker said. “But it was a smashing success. We had an identical room that repeated throughout the maze. It really made people believe they weren't going the right way or that they were going in circles. And so it was a really big-time mind-altering experience."
Not everyone who stepped foot into the creepy depths of the Nincompups basement decided to keep going.
"I wish I could say we had kept count,” Ecker said. “But there were many that started to descend the stairs into our cavern and changed their minds and turned around."
The Sheeptown Players helped out at the fundraiser for the third year in a row, bringing lighting, sound effects, and their acting skills. A neighbouring business donated money for supplies.
“Even though there's only a few of us who actually design and create and do the building and all of that. It's still very, very much a community event, a community effort," Ecker said.

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