The cast of the haunted house at the Okanagan Science Centre do their part to scare participants of all ages.

The cast of the haunted house at the Okanagan Science Centre do their part to scare participants of all ages.

Haunted house was a screaming good time

Summit Environmental and RBC Dominion Securities Carnival of Screams at Okanagan Science Centre

More than 7,000 people braved the haunted house this year, to bring in more than $45,000 for the Okanagan Science Centre.

This year’s Summit Environmental and RBC Dominion Securities Carnival of Screams shattered all previous year’s records, attracting 7,500 visitors over eight crazy days and nights and raising more than $45,000. Funds raised will support science programming for the Okanagan community.

The event was extremely well-received, with visitors attending from as far away as Penticton, West Kelowna and Kamloops.

“We have received rave reviews on all aspects of the event, especially the acting and detail to set design,” said Sandi Dixon, executive director.

Matt Brown, a Vernon-based actor and drama teacher, new to the event, played a key role in this year’s Carnival of Screams. He trained a regular cast of characters who are just a few of the more than 150 volunteers that made these events so successful.

In addition, a dedicated costume person perfected the look and a new animatronics person created a spooktacular showing of mechanized fear.

“We’ve worked more on the psychological level this year,” said Dixon. “Anyone can jump out of the dark and scare someone — it takes more execution to develop those things that people find truly scary.”

The event only happens due to the continued dedication of many volunteers. From planning, delivery and set-up and take-down, more than 2,500 volunteer hours made it all happen.