Campbellville Halloween maze benefits King's Kitchen
PRESCOTT - Anyone who wants a genuine, old-fashioned fright this Halloween will want to stop by the Campbellville Horror Maze in Prescott.
The maze will be open to visitors from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night and then from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the night of Halloween, when trick-or-treaters, or anyone else who wants a test of nerve, are invited to wander through the elaborate maze of cobwebs, monsters and ghouls.
The maze is the creation of Prescott residents Leonard and Fran Campbell, who came up with the idea about a decade ago, when the Campbellville Horror Maze was essentially just their front porch packed full with ghastly decorations and things that go bump. After that, the maze was expanded into an adjacent garage and got both larger and more elaborate.
"Every year it's different. We never make the maze the same," says Fran.
Work on the Halloween maze actually begins in August, when Fran and Leonard sit down together to design new twists and turns and come up with new ways to startle people. Then in the early fall, Leonard begins building. He buys the wood he needs at the Prescott Building Center, which also generously donates the large sheets of black tarpaulin that cover the walls throughout the maze and help conceal all its secrets.
"We've always loved Halloween and seeing the kids coming to get their treats," says Fran. "We've always enjoyed it."
In a typical year, between 400-500 people will pass through the Campbellville Horror Maze, and though there is no admission charge, monetary donations to King's Kitchen would be much appreciated.
The work doesn't stop, though, when the maze is finished. While the maze is open, Leonard has to make regular checks to make sure all the lights, electronic devices and animated characters are still up and running and that none of the visitors has vandalized the maze, which has happened on occasions in the past.
Anybody looking for a unique Halloween experience, one that has been making people jump every year for the last decade, should take a trip to the Campbellville Horror Maze, which never fails to give visitors a Halloween to remember, as much as they might try afterwards to forget.
It can be a little tricky to get to, though. The maze is located at 789 Edward Street, right next to the CN overpass. The easiest way to get there is by taking Wood Street West from Edward Street, then turning onto Susan Street and then east onto Eliza Street. The Campbell's eerie labyrinth is located at the end of Eliza Street.