Dunbar Haunted House Opens This Weekend

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Most of Vancouver’s Top 10 Halloween Events & Attractions are put together by major institutions and businesses, like the Parks Board-run Stanley Park Ghost Train and Fright Nights at the PNE. But there is one top attraction that’s run solely by two private Vancouver families, for fun and for charity: Dunbar Haunted House.

Started in 2004 as a way to “re-kindle the Halloween spirit” for their local trick-or-treaters, two families in Vancouver’s Dunbar neighbourhood decided to turn their home into a haunted house. As their project grew—as the haunted house became more and more elaborate, eventually requiring a hundred volunteers to assemble the sophisticated props and set-ups—they began charging visitors a donation, with all proceeds benefiting local charities. In 2010, Dunbar Haunted House raised $67,000 for B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, the Vancouver Police Union Charity Foundation, and the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau!

Today, the Dunbar Haunted House has become a Vancouver Halloween destination. Genuinely scary, the House has moved to a new location to accommodate its greater presence; it’s packed with large-scale and gory props, artistically designed to maximize thrills, and even employs live actors (after 7pm) to deliver spontaneous shocks. Seriously, whatever your preconceptions about a non-“professional” haunted house may be, leave them at the door and prepare to be surprised!

Check out this “behind the scenes” video of the making of Dunbar Haunted House:

The new address for the 2011 Dunbar Haunted House is 8934 Shaughnessy St., Vancouver; the new entrance is “tricky,” so check the (downloadable .pdf) map available via their website before going. General admission is $10 (with proceeds going to charity), $5 for kids 12 and under. But if you take younger kids, go before the live-action scares that start at 7pm; this isn’t appropriate for kids who get nightmares easily!

Dunbar Haunted House runs from October 14 – 31, 2011.

What do you think of the Dunbar Haunted House? Please share your opinions and reviews in the comments!

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