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A Haunted Village and a monstrous matrimony

By Celina Ip


PETAWAWA - For the third consecutive year, the Petawawa Heritage Village became a place for families to go for some ghoulish fun on Halloween night.


Since its inception in 2015, the Haunted Village has become a popular trick-or-treating destination that welcomes visitors from Petawawa and surrounding communities.

“We had about 50 kids during our first year and about 275 the following Halloween,” said Ann McIntyre, president of the Petawawa Heritage Society. “This year, I think we're going to have more than 300 this year by the end of the night.”

Hosted by the Petawawa Heritage Society, a team of 35 volunteers had decked out the historic village with eerie lights, creepy sounds, ghoulish fog, sticky spiderwebs and all kinds of other spooky decor.

Parents and their candy-hungry youngsters were dressed up in a variety of creative costumes that included unicorns, lions, fire fighters, witches, wizards, goblins, super heroes and ghosts.

The hauntingly fun event featured a bonfire at the Trapper Cabin, a creepy graveyard, trick-or-treating at each building, games at the school house along with a couple of other new additions to further enhance the spooky experience.

Every hour, senior students from Valour School staged a zombie wedding at the newly-opened Heritage Village church.

McIntyre expressed that she was delighted when students Connor Bennett and Sydney Robinson proposed the idea of hosting the creepy – yet family-friendly – ceremony.

“Connor and Sydney came to me with the idea and initiated the whole thing. I said ‘sure, that would be fun – as long as there's no sacrifice that's on the altar,” laughed McIntyre. “It was nice to add that this year as it made the event even more community-oriented.”

As well, spectators were spooked by a Morris Street Cemetery werewolf and several other zombies that were roaming the grounds that evening.

“We also added a werewolf who came from the Morris Street event in Pembroke, since that was cancelled this year. He called me up and wanted to know if he could come and participate in ours,” said McIntyre. “Plus, we have some zombies from the Zombie Run along with the Chenard family who came dressed up as zombies and they volunteer with us every year.”

McIntyre expressed that it was another successful Haunted Village she’s eager to see the event continue to expand and become the community’s Halloween hot-spot for many years to come.

“It's a safe environment for the families to come and the kids enjoy themselves and they don’t need to worry about traffic and that type of thing – they come and they trick-or-treat and everyone has a lot of fun,” said McIntyre. 

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