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What started out as a small, spooky event fourteen years ago has evolved into one of Victoria’s greatest local Halloween fundraisers. 

The 14th annual Heritage Haunted House Phobias theme in Saanich was a huge success, drawing in crowds of people on both nights. 

Carly Burbank, the owner of the property imagined and orchestrated the event, which is hosted annually as a fundraiser for the Help Fill a Dream Foundation.  

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This year, the event raised a whopping $10,105.53 for the cause.  For the first time ever, the house was open for two nights instead of one. 

The popular attraction had a line up around the block on Halloween night and ran the evening of November 1st as well, offering guaranteed entry with a pre-purchased ticket.

The Haunted House used lighting, sound effects, terrifying props and even a live cast of actors to create their spooky vibe. The production encompassed the entire property of the Saanich character house, including its 2,000 sq. ft. basement. 

In total, the organizers raised $10,105.53 to support the Help Fill a Dream Foundation in its endeavours to help children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

“We can hardly believe so much money came from all that horror, but Help Fill A Dream is delighted and grateful to be the recipient of all the donations. The money raised by the tireless crew is more than enough to fill a Dream for a Vancouver Island child,” stated the team at Help Fill a Dream. 

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