Haunting for a cause

Sparwood local Sean Mortimer and his wife have been hosting a terrifying haunted house for the last 10 years.

Sparwood local Sean Mortimer and his wife have been hosting a terrifying haunted house, catered to eager trick or treaters, for the last 10 years.

When Mortimer’s friend Burt Jaegli died suddenly in July, Mortimer teamed up with Ted Monfee to host a haunted house in Sparwood as a way of honouring their late friend.

“I figured I’d try to help out by doing this for him,” Mortimer said.

The haunted house, taking place on October 31 from 6-10 p.m., will include sheds filled with Halloween décor, a memorial display, hot dogs and hot chocolate and a fireworks display to follow the night of ghoulish fun.

Mortimer and Monfee will be accepting donations, and all proceeds will go towards the Brain Injury Association, a service that Jaegli utilized after he was involved in a car accident.

Mortimer said he’s grown to love the haunted houses him and his wife build every year, and is happy to be able to put this year’s house to a good cause.

Mortimer and Monfee plan to honour Jaegli in a photo memorial that will be set up in the house.

“Me and my wife just started out having a little haunted house and it just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and we started bringing actors in and kids that would help out scaring other kids,” Mortimer said of his famous haunted houses. “It’s a labour of love.”

The haunted house will be hosted on Michel Creek Road in Sparwood. Mortimer is reminding locals and visitors to drive carefully through that area on Halloween night.