A haunted house set up at the old fire hall in Coronation proved to be a busy place on the weekend before Halloween Monday with around 200 people stopping by.
CAO Quinton Flint said he was happy with the turnout and noted “we had a lot of good feedback about it.”
“It was scary,” he said. “I guess it wouldn’t be a haunted house if it wasn’t. And we gave out candy after they had gone through it.”
He said council had turned down a request for funding for the project, but people reached into their own pockets to find the dollars necessary to make it happen.
At an earlier meeting town council gave a unanimous thumbs down to a proposal asking for $1,000 for a Halloween Haunted House.
The request, sent to CAO Quinton Flint by the Coronation and District Wellness Society, Communities in Bloom and public members generated discussion regarding the haunted house, but council agreed the request was received too soon before Halloween.
“It was too short notice,” they said.
Council noted they did not have funding set aside for such a project. However, they agreed the group showed initiative to come up with such a project.
“The haunted house is a good idea,” said Mayor Ron Checkel after the meeting. “I hope it will go next year. The town should be able to contribute some money to it (next year).”
The Coronation and District Wellness Society, Communities in Bloom and public members noted they had approached other organizations for additional support and volunteers.
Their hope to have the haunted house set up on the Saturday and Sunday before Halloween Monday was realized thanks to the generosity of other organizations. Communities in Bloom provided the old fire hall as a location.