Local Halloween creation stops traffic and promises to wow
With a full moon hovering high above, witches and goblins watching over you and the lawn scattered with “dead” bodies, you’d be a brave soul to enter this property.
For Halloween lovers, the “haunted house” on Ridgegate Road cannot be missed, with its impressive and creative construction, it’s set the bar high for all others that follow.
For those driving past, a second-glance is definitely in order and according to the homeowners that’s exactly what happens.
“We get people pulling around the corner and they slow right down when they pass the house,” Reg Harding explained.
The adventure began six years ago when the Newfoundland natives, moved from their Ontario home and drove out east to Alberta.
“We lived in Calgary for a little while, but we didn’t like it,” Wendy Harding said the couple then moved out to Airdrie and never looked back.
While they did decorate their home in Ontario with the normal fan fare, it was never to the stop-traffic-level, their house is now.
“I used to look at photos of the decorations, and said ‘there’s a big white house in the background,’” Harding said.
That determination saw the few decorations turn into the massive construction, which now completely covers the front and sides of their home.
The material were donated from Reid Built Homes – where Harding works as a home builder– and is all recycled material.
“If someone were to do something like this, it would probably cost $3,000 to $5,000,” he said. “Everything is recycled, I don’t like throwing things away. From the costumes to the old fence everything was used.”
Also making an appearance this year is the pink ribbon to raise awareness in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month (October), which was an important addition for Wendy whose has overcome her battle with the disease.
As for their neighbours, Harding said they are supportive of his creation, but might not be thrilled about the extra candy they now have to doll out.
“We used to get maybe 30 kids on Halloween, now get over 200 easily,” Wendy said, and they expect the number to increase this year.
While it may not be a traditional haunted house, it will impress trick or treaters and certainly is not a stop to be missed.
“It’s Halloween, I’ve loved it since I was kid,” he said.
“It’s really fun, the parents really get involved too.”