Don Lawrence’s fondest Halloween memories don’t involve candy.
For Lawrence, the fun part was being terrified.
“What I remember about Halloween when I was a kid is the haunted houses,” the Fort Saskatchewan resident said. “It's the places that had the scares.”
Lawrence and a crew of volunteers will be helping people make some frighteningly fun memories of their own this Halloween. For the third year in a row, Laurence is inviting the public to take a stroll – if they dare – through the temporarily haunted yard of his Fort Saskatchewan home.
About 1,300 people visited Howlleen Manor last year. Lawrence, who expects even more for 2018, has been planning this year’s haunt for months.
“What I experience from the year before, if I see something working and can adjust it or change it in such a way that people don't expect it, it makes it all that more fun," he said.
Howlleen Manor is located at 8413 99 Ave. Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to bring along a donation for the food bank. Lawrence also accepts small donations to help him cover the costs of running the event.
The manor is open Friday (Oct. 26) and Saturday (Oct. 27) from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. A child-friendly version of the haunt, free of actors, pop-ups and spooks, runs on Sunday from noon to 2:30 p.m.
On Halloween night, Howlleen Manor is open 6:30 to 9:30..