Count Raven Lakula, located south of Shoal Lake, runs Oct. 26-30 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and is sure to scare the most experienced Halloween enthusiast. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Count Raven Lakula is daring you to muster every ounce of courage in your body and venture down dark corridors, past bloodcurdling scenes and hair-raising specters to mark Halloween.
Count Raven Lakula has been making an appearance at the haunted house located south of Shoal Lake since he first emerged from the lake 15 years ago, growing bolder each year in his quests for fright.
"It is the neatest Halloween place there is," said Darlene Sytnyk, who hosts the haunted house in an old farm house on their property.
"It is very scary, but it’s fun scary," she said. "You know you’re going to get scared because it’s Halloween, but it’s a lot of fun."
With a witch’s bedroom in the house, a torture chamber in the basement, and haunted grounds all around, people are sure to get a scare.
Sytnyk said it can take guests more than an hour to explore all of the many corners of the chilling abode.
"It’s a group of friends of ours that help us out every year and it’s a real group effort because we know how much people like Halloween," Sytnyk said. "We love to see the astonishment on people’s faces when they come and realize they had no idea how big it is and with this much detail."
The tour through the spooky show is free for all comers, but the ghosts and goblins do suggest a donation of $5 per person.
This year a local hockey team and grad class have volunteered their time to help ensure the evening is a spooky success, and all of the money raised will be invested back into the haunted house and some will be donated to the two groups that volunteered.
Count Raven Lakula runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. until Oct. 30.
For more information, visit countravenlakula.com.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 27, 2012