Creepy Circus at old CPR lodge

‘Haunted house’ Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th

Two nights of Halloween fright are creeping up in the calendar.

If you love the feeling of fright and the sinister shudder that tingles your spine, then this event might be for you. Sarah Eastick and a team of volunteers are planning their second annual haunted ‘house’ this year, to bring some frightening fun to the Valley. The theme this year is ‘Creepy Circus’, with clowns, obviously, as well as other off-beat circus characters: keep your eyes out for a bearded lady or perhaps a werewolf lurking in the shadows.

“It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years, because I love Halloween,” said coordinator Sarah Eastick. “Halloween is my Christmas.”

Ms. Eastick owns Fire Vixen Tattoos and the Fire Vixen Emporium. She is often asked for donations to various charity events, proving over and over the kindness of the Valley’s people.

“It’s a generous community here,” reflected Ms. Eastick.

She wanted to give back to the community in a way that suits her style. So, combining her love of the community with her passion for Halloween only seemed natural.

Ms. Eastick organized the Zombie Walk in Invermere before launching the haunted house last Halloween. The haunted house was a great success, with more than 700 people showing up for the inaugural event. The numbers far exceeded their expectations; this year, the team is better prepared for the hordes of Halloween-lovers.

The Creepy Circus runs two consecutive nights. Friday, October 27th will be a family-friendly night, then Saturday, October 28th is the adult-centred event.

“We up the scare factor Saturday night. We’re not in to traumatizing small children, but if I can traumatize adults, that is so fun,” Ms. Eastick says with a smile. “We want it to be scary, but to be fun and safe as well.”

They even have a safe word for kids (and maybe even some adults) who start the maze braver than they feel once they are in it.

“I don’t like to be scared. But I love to scare other people,” admits Ms. Eastick. “It’s so much fun. There’s a theatrical side to it, the awesome art associated with it … I just love it.”

In 2016, more than 20 volunteers came together to pull off the event. This year, Ms. Eastick estimates they are up to 30 volunteers, including co-coordinator Richard Mathews. They can always use more hands on deck to pull off the scare-tacular event. To volunteer for any number of positions, including set-up, makeup, front-end, entertaining waiting crowds and more, drop in to Fire Vixen Tattoos: 1014 8th Ave., or call Ms. Eastick at the tattoo shop at 250-342-8844.

Entrance is $5 for kids; $10 for adults. At the Saturday night event, children ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Creepy Circus runs from 7-9 p.m. Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th from 8-10 p.m., at the old CPR lodge at 1720 4th Ave. Invermere. There is also an after-party Saturday, October 28th at the Station Pub from 9-1 a.m. No cover charge, there will be a costume contest and music by DJ Das Booty.

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