This is the third year for Delta’s Haunted Swamp House aka “Hillbilly Hell.”
After recognizing a desire to get back to the “golden days” of trick or treating, creator Greg McLellan, along with his family and friends began simply by putting some yard decor out to attract local candy collectors. That was 10 years ago. With each passing year they added a few more things and the house became more and more popular.
The table was set to unleash the creative haunter inside. Three years ago they made the jump to an actual house setting with an internal maze connecting room after room. They decided to bring a little of the creepy backwoods to the suburbs.
Many people that make the jouney to their street look at the facade and say “wow, thats so cool!” They take some pictures and begin to leave at which time one of their volunteers asks ” arent you going to go inside?” Nearly all cross the bridge across the swamp, some come right back out, but most enter the front door not knowing what is next once it closes behind them. Almost all leave with a huge smile and a thank you; some look a bit more pale than when they went in. That’s what it’s all about; a place for the community to gather on Halloween, bring the family, take some pictures and develop long lasting memories. Close to 1,000 guests last year can’t be wrong.
Planning for something like this is a year long endeavour and construction usually starts in the early summer. This year they have a new floor plan, some new props and a few surprises.
The haunt is for all ages with little gore and blood. They like to play on peoples’ fears. Younger children may want to be escorted by an older sibling or parent as it can get intense as you move through the house.
Everyone is welcome to come and check out the haunted house rain or shine.
Where: 8661 Byron Road, North Delta
Dates for 2014:
Admission is by donation to the Childrens Miracle Network. 100% of all monies collected go to the charity. (All funds used to finance the haunt come out of our pocket)