Take a ghoulish sneak peek at Rotary's Haunted House gala next week

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

There's something spooky brewing at Memorial Hall.

The annual Rotary Haunted House will be opening its doors from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 30, with roughly 7,000 expected to line up to see the spooky sights of the house.

The hall's basement has been transformed into 10 scary rooms. Some of the characters have been lurking about for a while, but others will be a complete surprise. "You never know what is around the corner, behind the door or coming out of the walls!" said Rotary Club of Waterdown president Nan Bruce.

The Haunted House tour isn't suitable for kids under 5, but that doesn't mean the whole family can't come out to enjoy the fun. The upstairs of the hall has been transformed into a family fun area. Popcorn, water and pop, candy and cotton candy will be offered as well as a colouring table and contest and an activity area for young guests. Free face painting will be available at certain times and a fortune teller will thrill you with some news of your future.

Don't be surprised if some spooky monsters try to lure you into into buying a raffle ticket or two. This year, the prizes have a value of more than $2,800, and include a skateboard, a guitar, two Cinderella Doll Sets, a dog bed set, Bulldog tickets and Raptors Platinum tickets for a game between the Raptors and the Grizzlies.

Hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes to pull off the Haunted House, from characters to ticket sales to manual labour. The Warriors hockey team volunteers each year to move the heavy walls down the narrow stairwells of Memorial Hall and characters have come from the YMCA, Village Theatre, the Volunteer Firefighters, Clappison's Veterinary Service, Animal Adoptions, the Santa Claus Parade Committee, CHOICES and Creative Theatre.

The Haunted House is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Flamborough AM and the Rotary Club of Waterdown. Proceeds have benefited the local community for 14 years, with projects such as the YMCA, Children's Aid Society Duffel Bag Program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Camp Trillium, The Flamborough Food Bank, Drummond House, Seniors' Food Baskets and the Helping Hand Food Clothing Drive. This year, the proceeds will also be used to fund polio vaccines in Third World countries, in an effort to eradicate polio worldwide. The goal of a polio-free world has been the focus of Rotary International since 1988.

The Haunted House will be open to the public from October 21 to October 30, weekdays from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 ($4 between October 21 and October 27). To avoid long line-ups, organizers recommend arriving at 6:45 p.m. on weekdays, or visiting Saturdays between 3 and 6 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. or anytime during the first weekend.

Can't wait until next Friday for some ghoulish fun? This year, there's a special sneak preview on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rotary club's second annual '50s Gala to thank the more than 50 event sponsors. The evening includes a cocktail reception, live music and guided tours of the Haunted House. Dancing is optional and 50's attire is encouraged, but business casual is accepted as well. Age of majority is required. Tickets are $25 each, and are available from any Rotary Club member or through Tony's Shoe Repair and Drycleaning, on Main Street North. For more information, visit www.waterdown-rotary.net.

To reserve a private tour for groups of 10 or more, on weeknights between 6:30 and 7 p.m., e-mail hauntedtours@waterdown-rotary.net.

Take a ghoulish sneak peek at Rotary's Haunted House gala next week

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

There's something spooky brewing at Memorial Hall.

The annual Rotary Haunted House will be opening its doors from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 30, with roughly 7,000 expected to line up to see the spooky sights of the house.

The hall's basement has been transformed into 10 scary rooms. Some of the characters have been lurking about for a while, but others will be a complete surprise. "You never know what is around the corner, behind the door or coming out of the walls!" said Rotary Club of Waterdown president Nan Bruce.

The Haunted House tour isn't suitable for kids under 5, but that doesn't mean the whole family can't come out to enjoy the fun. The upstairs of the hall has been transformed into a family fun area. Popcorn, water and pop, candy and cotton candy will be offered as well as a colouring table and contest and an activity area for young guests. Free face painting will be available at certain times and a fortune teller will thrill you with some news of your future.

Don't be surprised if some spooky monsters try to lure you into into buying a raffle ticket or two. This year, the prizes have a value of more than $2,800, and include a skateboard, a guitar, two Cinderella Doll Sets, a dog bed set, Bulldog tickets and Raptors Platinum tickets for a game between the Raptors and the Grizzlies.

Hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes to pull off the Haunted House, from characters to ticket sales to manual labour. The Warriors hockey team volunteers each year to move the heavy walls down the narrow stairwells of Memorial Hall and characters have come from the YMCA, Village Theatre, the Volunteer Firefighters, Clappison's Veterinary Service, Animal Adoptions, the Santa Claus Parade Committee, CHOICES and Creative Theatre.

The Haunted House is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Flamborough AM and the Rotary Club of Waterdown. Proceeds have benefited the local community for 14 years, with projects such as the YMCA, Children's Aid Society Duffel Bag Program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Camp Trillium, The Flamborough Food Bank, Drummond House, Seniors' Food Baskets and the Helping Hand Food Clothing Drive. This year, the proceeds will also be used to fund polio vaccines in Third World countries, in an effort to eradicate polio worldwide. The goal of a polio-free world has been the focus of Rotary International since 1988.

The Haunted House will be open to the public from October 21 to October 30, weekdays from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 ($4 between October 21 and October 27). To avoid long line-ups, organizers recommend arriving at 6:45 p.m. on weekdays, or visiting Saturdays between 3 and 6 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. or anytime during the first weekend.

Can't wait until next Friday for some ghoulish fun? This year, there's a special sneak preview on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rotary club's second annual '50s Gala to thank the more than 50 event sponsors. The evening includes a cocktail reception, live music and guided tours of the Haunted House. Dancing is optional and 50's attire is encouraged, but business casual is accepted as well. Age of majority is required. Tickets are $25 each, and are available from any Rotary Club member or through Tony's Shoe Repair and Drycleaning, on Main Street North. For more information, visit www.waterdown-rotary.net.

To reserve a private tour for groups of 10 or more, on weeknights between 6:30 and 7 p.m., e-mail hauntedtours@waterdown-rotary.net.

Take a ghoulish sneak peek at Rotary's Haunted House gala next week

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

There's something spooky brewing at Memorial Hall.

The annual Rotary Haunted House will be opening its doors from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 30, with roughly 7,000 expected to line up to see the spooky sights of the house.

The hall's basement has been transformed into 10 scary rooms. Some of the characters have been lurking about for a while, but others will be a complete surprise. "You never know what is around the corner, behind the door or coming out of the walls!" said Rotary Club of Waterdown president Nan Bruce.

The Haunted House tour isn't suitable for kids under 5, but that doesn't mean the whole family can't come out to enjoy the fun. The upstairs of the hall has been transformed into a family fun area. Popcorn, water and pop, candy and cotton candy will be offered as well as a colouring table and contest and an activity area for young guests. Free face painting will be available at certain times and a fortune teller will thrill you with some news of your future.

Don't be surprised if some spooky monsters try to lure you into into buying a raffle ticket or two. This year, the prizes have a value of more than $2,800, and include a skateboard, a guitar, two Cinderella Doll Sets, a dog bed set, Bulldog tickets and Raptors Platinum tickets for a game between the Raptors and the Grizzlies.

Hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes to pull off the Haunted House, from characters to ticket sales to manual labour. The Warriors hockey team volunteers each year to move the heavy walls down the narrow stairwells of Memorial Hall and characters have come from the YMCA, Village Theatre, the Volunteer Firefighters, Clappison's Veterinary Service, Animal Adoptions, the Santa Claus Parade Committee, CHOICES and Creative Theatre.

The Haunted House is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Flamborough AM and the Rotary Club of Waterdown. Proceeds have benefited the local community for 14 years, with projects such as the YMCA, Children's Aid Society Duffel Bag Program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Camp Trillium, The Flamborough Food Bank, Drummond House, Seniors' Food Baskets and the Helping Hand Food Clothing Drive. This year, the proceeds will also be used to fund polio vaccines in Third World countries, in an effort to eradicate polio worldwide. The goal of a polio-free world has been the focus of Rotary International since 1988.

The Haunted House will be open to the public from October 21 to October 30, weekdays from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 ($4 between October 21 and October 27). To avoid long line-ups, organizers recommend arriving at 6:45 p.m. on weekdays, or visiting Saturdays between 3 and 6 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. or anytime during the first weekend.

Can't wait until next Friday for some ghoulish fun? This year, there's a special sneak preview on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rotary club's second annual '50s Gala to thank the more than 50 event sponsors. The evening includes a cocktail reception, live music and guided tours of the Haunted House. Dancing is optional and 50's attire is encouraged, but business casual is accepted as well. Age of majority is required. Tickets are $25 each, and are available from any Rotary Club member or through Tony's Shoe Repair and Drycleaning, on Main Street North. For more information, visit www.waterdown-rotary.net.

To reserve a private tour for groups of 10 or more, on weeknights between 6:30 and 7 p.m., e-mail hauntedtours@waterdown-rotary.net.