Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween from JMB and the Dunbar Haunted House

Witchy JMB in Second Life!

*Click to enlarge any photo

Once again I'm featuring my annual visit to the Dunbar Haunted House for my Halloween post. This is the fourth time I've blogged it although I believe this is its sixth year and each year it gets better and better and scarier and scarier. Admission is free but donations towards several local charities are encouraged. Last year $42,300 was raised for these worthy causes.

Doesn't look so scary on a sunny day, does it?

I always go during the daytime - it opens at 1pm- but at 6.30pm costumed actors insert themselves into the displays and pop out and scare the heck out of the huge crowd of people who tour this spectacle. The top number of visitors in one day so far this year was 1500 which is amazing when you think this takes place in the grounds of a typical suburban lot. But the crowds wait patiently, sometimes for more than an hour and the lines are often capped way before so that closing can take place on time or nearly so. Of course there's an amazing soundtrack to increase the tension as well.

A fine Roman senator

This year the theme is again the The History of Terror and the display covers the whole outside of the property, including tents set up especially for this event. The tour moves methodically from one area to another around the house, moving through historical times, starting with Ancient Egypt, then Roman times, through the middle ages and forwards, taking you around the whole house.

Scary Roman soldiers

What started as two people making a small display to bring back the fun of Halloween to their neighbourhood now involves almost year round planning, months to set up and the help of a large number of volunteers.

Gruesome looking monks

Neither of these two look happy, do they?

Marauding Crusaders

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

The Age of Capitalism, with special effect smoke


19th Century asylum inmate?

Nurse Ratched herself?

Her book has teeth!

Just a selection of the many photos I took at this year's display at the Dunbar Haunted House. But these slideshows from youTube, put together by a very fine photographer, show the 2010 display much better than I could.

Part I

Part II



Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Too scary for me, jmb!

Ellee Seymour said...

This is not for the faint hearted.

CherryPie said...

There are some rather gruesome looking exhibits there!

Anonymous said...

Good Grief, you make Vancouver look like Hell Central! Just thought I'd let you know that my latest post touches on Second Life and there is a rather interesting video that you might like to see. Very historic.