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Thursday October 2nd, 2014

Posted at 11:41am

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The Scarehouse Windsor haunted house is back this Halloween season for its 7th year.

Scarehouse will take place at its new location, Tecumseh Mall, after eight years elsewhere. In 2008 it started in the basement of the Holiday Inn at Park and Ouellette, then moved to the Raindance Building on Ouellette. Organizers had to make the move to Tecumseh Mall this year because the previous building was being converted into a film school.

Highlights of the new location include plenty of shopping, parking and the food court. Organizers say they love it.

“We are building off of the success of last year because we had the privilege of designing and creating all the sets for the movie Scarehouse coming out from NBCUniversal and D-Films in October,” said organizer Shawn Lippert. “We will be adding onto those sets in this years haunt. We are privileged to be the only Hollywood Horror Certified haunt in the area. I have seen some clips from Gavin Michael Booth and the sets look amazing on that big screen. We are super excited to be part of that project.”

Lippert says Scarehouse still has one original employee from its very first year and their family has never stopped growing. Currently they have around 20 scare artists.

“Every year its like a family reunion when we all meet up to start planning for each year,” he said. “We truly are family for an entire two months because we see each other almost every day! It is a very sad feeling when we shut down at the end of the season.”

“We are getting to that point where we really need to start planning for a permanent home,” he said “The scale of our operation is getting to be very cumbersome to set up and take down from year to year. We would love to find a landlord that really understands how viable our haunted house business is. Once we find that permanent space we could really put some loving care into the quality of our haunt.”

Lippert said Scarehouse needs between 10,000 to 20,000 square feet in space to operate.

This year’s haunt is bigger than last year – over three football fields in length, and Lippert says they have never shrunk in size. And the theme this year is all about what can get you in the dark.

Lippert said to be prepared for ghoulish whispers in your ear and sounds that you cannot see.

“Watch out for killer clowns and what might get you in the morgue,” he said. “If you don’t like spiders crawling into your ear or nose while you are feeling around in the dark, you might want to just lock yourself into your house this year!”

Entry is $10 and they are open all weekend in October and aditional nights are added as Halloween gets closer. A complete schedule can be found on their website here.

The new location at Tecumseh Mall is right beside Goodlife Fitness, behind the mall, behind the old Zellers.

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