A horrifying Surrey tradition continues

Potter's House of Horrors is a total nightmare – for your Halloween pleasure.



Photos by Boaz Joseph / The Leader

Halloween in Surrey just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Potter’s House of Horrors, a terrifying, 10,000-square-foot labyrinth of fright that just gets bloodier and scarier every year.

The Ghoul Crew at Potter’s has transformed the garden centre at 12530 72 Ave. using computer-controlled lighting, animatronics, live actors, sound effects and more to create an attraction that draws up to 20,000 visitors each October.

Two haunted houses promise twice the terror in 2015.

House number one is the Ripper of Whitechapel; house number two is the Swampin’ Slaughterhouse.

The houses are open nightly through Oct. 31. Family Hour is 5-6:30 p.m. and the regular show, where all hell breaks loose, is from 6-10 p.m.

Admission prices vary. Expect line-ups or jump the queue with a speed pass, which costs more. For more information, email potters72@telus.net or visit pottershouseofhorrors.com

Other Halloween happenings:

• Need fake wounds? Teens 12 and older are invited to a workshop on Halloween make-up instruction on Oct. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the George Mackie Library, 8440 112 St. Learn how to create your own wounds, blood, burns and more using common household items.

• Thrill the World Surrey – It’s Thrill Time! Dress like a zombie and re-enact the Thriller dance made famous by Michael Jackson. Be part of a world record Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Cloverdale Youth Park, 6188 176 St., when Surrey will join an international event. For  zombie dress tips, information about practice sessions and more (including how to learn the dance on your own), see thrilltheworldsurrey.com. Practices and the event is by donation, in support of the Surrey Food Bank.

• Scream Train – Chainsaw Charlie is back, along with other members of the walking dead. There are surprises around every corner as the Scream Train rolls through Surrey’s Bear Creek Park.

The Haunted Forest Scream Train – a miniature train with full-size thrills and chills – runs from 6:30-10 p.m. nightly from Oct. 18 to Halloween ($10.50 plus tax per child/adult). Be sure to keep well inside the car if you don’t want to lose a leg or arm.

During the daytime, hop on the family-friendly Pumpkin Express as it travels through the decorated forest. Groups, families, birthdays and schools are all welcome. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ($9.50 plus tax for child/adult). Open rain or shine. Located at 13750 88 Ave. Info at 604-501-1232 or visit bctrains.com

• Pumpkin Power at Surrey Museum – Design your own take-home Jack O’ Lantern, go on a spooky scavenger hunt in the exhibit galleries, and compete for best costume. Saturday, Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Surrey Museum, 17710 56A Ave. All ages, by donation. Call 604-592-6956.