With Halloween just creeping around the corner, it’s finally time to dive into the festivities! Merritt Secondary School (MSS) grads of 2023 are getting ready to combine their creativity with the City of Merritt Recreational Department to put together their most anticipated Halloween event of the year: the haunted house.

A few years back, the rec department started recruiting yearly MSS grad classes to pull off the haunted house fundraiser, allowing for a phenomenal community experience and an equally successful fundraiser. All the money raised from this event will be used to assure that the Civic Centre can be used as the prom venue for grads this year. 

On Wednesday, October 26, from 5 p.m. 7 p.m., grads will be hosting a family friendly night for anyone that isn’t in for the scare. This evening will just be a casual walk through the haunted house, with dim lights, but no pop-up characters or anything extreme (perfect for young children). Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 29, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. are Fright Nights! These evenings will be filled with spine-chilling characters, sinister animatronics, and eerie music to stimulate all senses. 

Coordinator of the haunted house, Felicity Peat said, “Our goal with the Fright Nights is to have you screaming in fear, wanting it to end but being curious to see what will happen next.” 

It’s safe to say that residents of Merritt should be prepared for the fright of their lives on Fright Night! Tickets will be sold at the door (at the Merritt Civic Centre) for $2 per person, or $10 per family of six.