A good fright can be good for you and it can do an awful lot of good in the community.
That's what the folks at the Canalta Haunted Hotel in Drumheller learned on the weekend before Halloween.
"We had a lot of people come through over the Friday and the Saturday, and not just local people from Drumheller, but people from Three Hills, even Calgary and Strathmore come oout and check the Haunted Hotel out this year," reported Ryan Semchuk of Canalta.
The attraction was set up inside the Cretaceous Concerence Centre at the Canalta Jurassic on Highway 9 South October 27-28. People were charged $7 admission,m which was reduced to $5 if they brought non-perishable food for the Food Bank. All proceeds were turned over to the Salvation Army.
"We probably had, between the two days, between 500 and 700 people come through," recounted Semchuk. "We're super happy with the support from the community: my understanding is that everybody who came through got their pants scared off."
"Our second year was better than last year: over the two nights, we raised just about $2,800 in cash...along with almost a truck box full of food for them as well.
Everything was dropped off at the Food Bank on 1 St. West on November 2.