Fort Saskatchewan residents once again stepped up to help out the local food bank this Halloween.
A total of 1,264 hardy souls walked through the creepy gates of Howlleen Manor this year, many of them ready to lend a helping hand.
"People were bringing lots of food,” said Trina Lawrence, whose husband Don is the creative force behind the elaborate 99th Avenue haunt. “They weren't even bringing just one or two items. A lot of people were bringing a lot, bags full. So it was nice."
The Lawrences don’t have an official number yet on how many pounds of food were donated, but Trina is expecting the weigh-in to be higher than last October's. This year’s turnout, she added, was amazing.
“We had great comments back from everybody saying it was much scarier than last year."
2018 marked the third year in a row the Lawrences have invited members of the public to take a stroll through their temporarily haunted backyard. Howlleen Manor ran Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday nights complete with plenty of costumed characters, pop-up spooks and scary decor.  The haunt -- minus the pop-ups -- was also open for a couple hours on Sunday afternoon to give younger kids a chance to enjoy some spook-free fun. Admission was free but visitors were encouraged to bring something to share with the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank.
The manor may have been a little too frightening for some visitors. The Lawrences, who kept track of “chicken out” numbers, report that 135 people had last-minute changes of heart.
"We had 42 on the first night, 22 on the second night, and 71 on Halloween night," Trina said.

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