Witch-burnings in Salem, the Spanish Inquisition, beheadings during the French Revolution - history has many bloody moments and the Timeline of Terror at this year's Ghost Ridge will give a brief, but gruesome, history lesson to this year's audience.
Four non-profit groups have once again come together to come up with a ghastly theme, build the sets, find the props and costumes, and coordinate the actors who bring alive the gruesome sets. The four groups are the Ridge Meadows Bruins Rugby Club, Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club (RCKC), Live Action Role Play, and Country Fest.
Sean Franklin with RCKC made sure the guillotine was in working order this year - "heads will roll," he promised. Building the sets and scaring people is a great way to raise money and volunteer as a group.
"Of all the fundraisers, this is the most fun," he said.
The Ridge Meadows Bruins rugby team have about 20 female players involved helping prepare for the Timeline of Terror, including Dawne Carver, whose mother Joan Granholm has been the brains behind many of the ghastly sets over the 11-year history of Ghost Ridge.
Carver also likes the team building aspect of Ghost Ridge. Both her parents have been involved since the beginning of Ghost Ridge, and before that, they built their own haunted houses at home.
"We've always been into Halloween," Carver said.
The audience will move through the 12 sets from scene to scene, and experience various horror scenes from the beginning of mankind right into the future.
It's very satisfying to her when she hears people screaming as they go through the exhibit, adding that the actors - largely high school students - really bring it to life.
The actors are given a brief description of their character and "they fly with it," Carver said, putting their own spin on who they are supposed to be.
"It's like a mobile play where the audience moves around," Carver said.
The groups that are involved split up the money made, and last year, each of the non-profits received about $5,000.
Ghost Ridge runs from Oct. 25 to 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Albion Fairgrounds, 23448 105th Ave.
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