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Fright Delights

by Carla Allen, on Tue, 23 Oct 2012 | No Comments

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Daylight hours are for admiring spectacular autumn foliage in Southwest Nova but for after-dark activities in October you might want to consider a visit to one of these Halloween events.

For the past three years the Recreation Department for the Municipality of Argyle has organized "fright-full" scenarios in the Argyle Township Court House & Gaol, Canada's oldest standing courthouse. 

Built in 1805 in the village of Tusket, the building was operated as a working courthouse and jail until 1944. In 2005 the building was declared a National Historic Site. The Court House museum's ground floor houses the jailer's quarters, the prisoners' cellblock, as well as "the Cell" gift shop where one can find many locally crafted souvenirs. The second floor houses the Court Room and the Judge's Chambers. Is it really haunted? Visit and see.

The archives section, where the province's first municipal archives are located, receives many visitors from around the world, researching their ancestors.  

Last year, as part of the municipality's special Halloween event, a zombie epidemic took over the courthouse property. This year, on Oct. 25th and 26th, guests will be taken on a back lot tour of the "studio" for $5/each.

"The story line we are telling our guests is that there is an urban legend surrounding our studio," said facilities maintenance coordinator Julien Boudreau.

"Legend says the actors that have died became re-incarnated into the characters they portrayed."

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In West Pubnico, Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse becomes the annual Haunted Village. 

Screams, body parts and spooky scenarios transform the normally pastoral property into a delightfully scary destination. Visitors are guided by witches through eight stations and asked to vote for their favorite after completing the spine-tingling tour.

Funds raised through the annual event (this year held the weekend of Oct. 19) are used towards extra infrastructure at the site.


Halloween from Carla Allen on Vimeo. Originally published by The Vanguard

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