By Bobinec, Greg on October 28, 2019.
CKXU 88.3 FM and the Terrific Kids Artist Collective hosted their second annual Frighthall No. 1 Haunted House & Music Fest over the weekend to kick off the Halloween season.
Throughout the weekend, families and friends were able to get dressed up and head to the old firehall in downtown Lethbridge for a three-floored haunted house tour and in the evening, the firehall turned into a Halloween music festival.
“We are having the Frighthall No.1 Haunted House and Music Fest, it is our second year of doing it,” says Genna Bourchier, executive director of CKXU.
“What we do is take over this lovely historic building in the downtown core and we transform three whole floors of it into a fully-functional spooky haunted house that is family friendly and accessible. We work really hard with our actors, our lighting, design and set up, that the route people will go is accessible to everyone whether they are young kids or teens, adults, we also have a special accessibility route for people in wheelchairs and have other disability issues.”
The haunted house consists of two different tours, one for an easier spooky experience and one for a more scary one, and the Mystery Gang takes you on a search to find their friend who got lost in the house. The haunted house pulls out some scary stops, prying at some people’s dark fears. Bourchier says the actors who helped out did a great job at keeping the screams up and the firehall is the perfect place for them to do so.
“We cram 30 actors into the floors and this year they are all high school students which is really cool, it is nice to see the younger folk getting involved in the volunteer scene and we have had a very fun time,” says Bourchier.
“There is lots of twists and turns and spooky moments during the tour, this building is amazing for a haunted house because it has so many hallways and turns so we really try and structure the route to take them through as many nooks and crannies of the building as we can to really turn them around.”
Saturday and Sunday evening was dedicated to celebrating music and the Halloween season as CKXU brought a number of acts from Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary and Lethbridge.
“We have the music fest portion as well, we have two nights of music and the first night was really fun with Radiation Flowers from Saskatchewan, 36? from Calgary, J Blissette and Marigold from Lethbridge,” says Bourchier.
“Saturday night is our headline night with Cartel Madras from Calgary and Tzadeka from Edmonton, Brett Lee, and it is really fun.”
Bourchier says she is happy over the last two years the way the community has received and responded to the event and is glad the community comes out to get some good scares.
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