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Fright aficionado Ken Honigman has converted 80% of his Anmore home into a haunted house for Halloween.
He and his partner Lilija Lavoie have spent two months — and about $1,000 — building the show in their abode at 1151 Robin Way with skeletons, creepy animals and ghoulish scenes and sounds.
"It's the best time of the year to be creative," said Honigman, a Sasamat volunteer firefighter. "For me, it's like art: Alfred Hitchcock meets the Pirates of the Caribbean."
It's the second time the couple has decked out their home to raise money and non-perishable goods for the Share food bank but it's the first time they've run Anmore Manor over four days.
Tours start tonight (Wednesday) and go from 7 to 9 p.m., also on Thursday. On Friday, it's open 7 to 10 p.m. and, on Halloween, from 6 to 10 p.m. Because of its scary content, Anmore Manor isn't recommended for kids under 10 unless they're accompanied by an adult.
Halloween is just days away and a number of Tri-City residents have erected spooky displays for the occasion, including:
• 3108 Starlight Way, Coquitlam: "The Count's Castle" is open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween only; it's a haunted house, along the lines of the PNE Fright Nights. Entrance by donation and all money raised goes to the Pacific Autism Family Centre. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/TheCountsCastle.
• 443 Draycott St., Coquitlam: Vickie Ayers' 17th annual haunted house for Variety — the Children's Charity, open daily through Halloween from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; this is a family-friendly event and wheelchair accessible. Ayers' goal this year is to raise $10,000 for Variety (she also does fundraising activities all year and in February presented a cheque for $28,000 at the annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon).
• 2988 Forestridge Pl., Coquitlam: lights are on nightly from 6:30 to 10 p.m. until Nov. 1 at longtime Variety supporter Marlene Bileski's home, where donations are being collected for Variety — the Children's Charity. On Oct. 31, live "monsters" will be on site.
• 486 McGill Dr., Port Moody: Haunted backyard in support of Coquitlam Animal Shelter, 6-8 p.m. nightly until Halloween. You are invited to visit the graveyard, witch's circle, monster alley, spider forest, pumpkin patch and haunted house. Enjoy some free hot chocolate.