A ghoulie good time

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Cory Whynot loves Halloween and one step into his backyard will leave no doubt.

The Brooklyn resident has been transforming his backyard and his garage into the spookiest of haunts for Halloween for more than a decade, from clowns to pumpkin men to a morgue and Frankenstein, he has a gruesome collection of everything Halloween.

“I just enjoy doing it. The kids and adults both really like it. I like it better than Christmas,” he said. “Some kids are scared to death, but sometimes the adults are worse than the kids.”

Whynot said it takes about two or three weeks to set up everything, and he adds to the display each year. He does most of the work on the props himself, using his carpentry and cabinet-making skills. He also keeps his eye out for things that he can use as props.

If you don’t find spooky props, lights, eerie noises and fog scary enough, there are also 11 actors that will be dressed up to make sure you don’t leave without having a nightmarish adventure.

Whynot said that people of all ages have come each year to check things out and see what he has added to the meandering path through his yard. The last time it was held, in 2019, he estimated that about 400 people came through. Last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 regulations, making the anticipation for this year even larger.

“People come from everywhere. When I put it on Facebook this year, it just blew up, with people asking when it was happening,” he said. “Where nothing went on last year, everyone wants to get out.”

There is no admission charge to come to the Markland Haunt at 10 Markland Avenue in Brooklyn, as the display has been aptly named, but donations are accepted. Whynot was intending to have a trial run on the evening of Oct. 22 to prepare for this weekend. The yard will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 29-30, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 31.

Everyone who enters must wear a mask and there will be hand sanitation stations available. Whynot said volunteers will also lead small groups through the yard this year to avoid intermingling.

He said he hopes to continue to build on this tradition for years to come and that the neighbours will join him in this.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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