Things are getting spooky in Pictou with the Witches Den getting ready to open its door for the holiday season. Each year the Star of the Sea Society hosts a haunted house in the basement of the building by Stella Maris Church as a fundraiser for the society.
“It takes about six weeks, a little at a time,” said Beverly Underwood, one of the organizers. This year marks the fourth year the society has put on the fundraiser to help with the upkeep and renovations of the former Manse, that now serves as a casual gathering space for the community and congregation.
“I went downstairs with mom and said mom, this would make an awesome spooky house,” said Trina Joudrie, Underwood’s daughter. “I used to do one at my home in the basement for my daughter.”
With her experience in setting up Joudrie and other volunteers have made the tour a hot and spooky stop for Halloween. At the end of the haunted basement, guests come up the stairs and into the main part of the house where the Witches kitchen is set up in the kitchen space complete with candy, toffee apples, fudge and more available for purchase.
“It’s well worth $5, people get a bag of candy and everything,” said Underwood. During the tour of the witches den, there are bowls of candy all over the place, making the event part tour and part trick or treating.
The house will be open to walk through from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on October 25, 26 and 27. There will also be spook free tours for the smaller and those not into the haunted house aspect of the event. These tours will take place on October 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. in Pictou. The house is located at 14 St. Stephen Street just beside the Stella Maris Church.
Beverly Underwood decked out in her witches costume is all ready for this year’s Witches Den in Pictou. (Brimicombe photo)