Haunted Brandon yard raises chills, money for cancer
Grim Acres hours
Oct. 29 and 30: 6-10 p.m.
Oct 31: 5-10 p.m.
More than 2,000 people are expected to brave a Brandon yard full of reapers and ghouls with flashing eyes, gravestones and bones, screams and scenes of gore — all in the name of scaring off cancer.
Brian Sutherland and his wife, Amber, spent the past two months building Grim Acres, a terrifying maze and graveyard complete with zombies, clowns, and horror movie characters that leap out at every corner.
"We have people that are jumping, people that are running out of there crying. Sometimes we've had people go in there to try to help other people out," Sutherland said.
The couple both lost their mothers to cancer and are trying to fight the disease through their creativity.
Visitors are asked for a donation and all money raised goes to the Canadian Cancer Society.
This is the third year for the spine-chilling experience. The first year, the Sutherlands raised $1,800. That jumped to $3,000 in 2012.
This time around they're aiming for $5,000.
The Sutherlands begin planning in January, taking to the internet and the streets for themes and ideas for what scares people. They begin the building process in September.
"It's a labour of love,” said Amber Sutherland.
The entire yard is covered in props and the main attraction is a tour through their backyard maze, which begins near the garage and takes people down several dark, narrow hallways, where they enter several small rooms, unaware of what they’ll meet or who might pop out.
As for what their neighbours think with all the traffic, the Suthelands say they couldn't be more supportive.
Grim Acres is located at 1002 Russell Street.