One of Vancouver’s most loved – or terrifying – attractions is now open to celebrate the Halloween season.
Potters House of Horrors – no relation to Harry Potter, though that idea definitely has some major legs – located in Surrey officially opens today and runs until October 31 seeking to scare thousands of adults and children.
The annual event has been delighting Halloween fans for 13 years now, growing from a small community haunted house to one of B.C.’s biggest and best, with two full-sized haunted houses.
Sociopathic carnival clowns, Jack the Ripper and classic monsters are just a few of the truly terrifying characters you might meet inside. And if that’s not enough, the organization’s description of their two houses will cause goosebumps already.
The first house has a spooky historical vibe, played to the homage of horrific London legend Jack the Ripper:
The Ripper of Whitechapel offers a dark, mysterious walk of terror through 1800’s England… picture low lying fog, shadowy figures at the ends of lanes, damp cobblestones, sewers flowing with blood and possibly even The Ripper himself. Also in the mix may or may not be classic sociopathic carnival clowns, claustrophobic hallways leaving patrons gasping for air and a room full of vertigo.
The other house heads to the deep south where swamp creatures happen to be the least of your worries when sociopathic hillbillies are on the loose:
The second haunted house is called The Swampin’ Slaughterhouse. Really, is there any creepier setting than a southern haunted mansion in a Louisiana swamp? Classic thrills n chills await in the halls our swamp mansion. Imagine haunted libraries, spooky cellars, and even a gross, chilly old swamp that very likely is loaded with bloated bodies sunken to the bottom… perhaps it could use another? Roaming the halls you’ll find classic monsters, ghouls, and maybe even a sociopathic hillbilly or two.
If that’s too much to bear, “Family Hour” might be the right pace for you. Every night from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Potters brightens the lights, tames down the sounds and gets rid of the actors for a milder version of their esteemed haunted houses. They do warn, however, that many children will even find the Family Hour very scary.
Check it out and tell us what you think – if you make it out alive.
When: Every night from October 2 to October 31 (closed on October 4 to 8 and 12)
Time: Family Hour: 5 to 6:30 p.m. (extended to 3 to 6:30 p.m. on October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31); Regular hours: 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Cost: Starting at $10 for adults – prices may vary.
More info: Potter’s House of Horrors