Riversong's Gary Robertson is once again reimagining his home as a spooky abode, not just for his own amusement but also to lend a helping hand to others.

Every year, the Cochrane man dedicates countless hours to turning his home into a realm of frights and chills.

This year's theme, CarnEVIL is back. 

"The backyard is of our fairgrounds that people can walk and that's our least scary part of the attraction. Then we have the tent under the big top where people can go in and then if they're really brave then can walk through the fun house and that's where the most screams and scares seem to happen throughout the night." said Robertson. 

It takes several weeks to set up the house and Robertson admits even he gets spooked from time to time. 

"I'm mostly immune to it. There's a couple of mornings where if I forget that I've left something on and I come down, it startles me a little but for the most part I am pretty used to it." laughed Robertson, "My family usually doesn't visit between Thanksgiving and the start of November because they know what they'd be walking into." 

He said there's a few new "guests" that are set to appear at the show this year, including a 7 ft tall clown. 


Robertson is not just transforming his home for the scares, he's encouraging Cochranites to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans Association Food Bank.

He's collected 3000 pounds since he started this seven years ago. He's hoping to collect another 500 pounds this year to bring the total to 3500 pounds.  

Everyone is welcome to check out the house on Halloween between 5-9 p.m. at 70 River Heights Crescent. 

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