Trick or treating for a worthy cause
Annual Spooktacular will feed fear and families
CHILLS FOR CHARITY
Photo by Neil Etienne
Students from Gravenhurst High School’s drama classes will be hosting their annual Spooktacular at the Opera House Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a donation of non-perishable food as the entry fee. Students from both Bracebridge and Gravenhurst will also be out collecting food donations on Halloween night instead of trick or treating to support local food banks.
MUSKOKA - Hungry for their fill, ghouls and goblins will rise up on the streets of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst this coming Halloween night.
It won’t be all sweets for the sweet though, as students from both towns’ high schools and a few elementary schools will be on the hunt for non-perishable food donations to feed the hungry.
Gravenhurst High School kicked off its fourth annual Haunt 4 Hunger Oct. 22 and while collections are being accepted at the high school until Nov. 2, the big culmination is Oct. 31. All students looking for food donations will sport special Haunt 4 Hunger collection bags and their trick or treating will benefit the impoverished in their respective communities.
“It’s been very successful the last few years we’ve organized this and the students seem to really enjoy the project,” said GHS food drive lead organizer and teacher Jacki McPherson.
Collected donations in Gravenhurst will be going toward the Salvation Army Food Bank and Free the Children, while those collected in Bracebridge will go to the local Manna Food Bank. Meanwhile, the annual GHS Spooktacular haunted house event at Gravenhurst Opera House is scheduled for Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Earl Sacrey’s drama students will provide the thrills and chills having been plotting out the evening for the past couple of months.
“Every year they create the story and do a great job of running with it,” Sacrey said. “They come up with everything and do all the work. I just get to watch on in horror.”
This year the haunted house story features Ben, a resident ghost at the opera house who is returning with a vengeance. Sacrey said Ben has populated the opera house with all sorts of nasty witches and wolves from fairy-tale lore “and they’re going to be hungry,” he added.
Designed for young children the tour will also include season-appropriate games and fun while people wait their turn to tour. Sacrey did warn that as it is a very popular event, people should show up as early as possible to make sure they can get through the horrors before 8 p.m.
Admission is by donation of a non-perishable food item and all collected goods will be included in McPherson’s Haunt 4 Hunger project.