Stettler and area residents were in for a treat this year as they entered the “Insane Asylum” at Rathmore, part of the museum’s halloween theme this year.
From Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 27-29, the old courthouse was turned into the asylum, and was witness to 528 scared and absolutely thrilled participants as they moved from one room to the other, screaming and holding their breath for what would come next.
“Under the direction of Lyndsay (Dayland), our museum curator, an awesome group of volunteers decided on this year’s theme and worked upon it to make it look as real as possible,” said Karen Wahlund, museum manager. “The courthouse was the building chosen for the event when we started discussions about it in 2015.”
The court house had shut down to the public after Labour Day, with all the artifacts being stored away into safety.
“The first night was a short night, but it gave the volunteers a chance to change up their rooms if needed,” Wahlund said. “The main group of 10 volunteers choose the room/area and then they are responsible in finding the right people for the roles, actors/actresses to act out.”
There were approximately 30 volunteers in total this year for the event, besides many more who took turns in filling in, according to Wahlund.
The Stettler Antique Tractor Club volunteered rides on a wagon pulled by an antique tractor, and there was a concession stand, which sold a wide variety of candies, hot chocolate and other refreshments to keep visitors’ hunger at bay, as the museum grounds donned the Halloween spirit.
“Word of mouth about the Night of Terror at the Boo-seum has helped the event tremendously,” said Wahlund. “Besides the help from local media and all those who have helped us in marketing our event this year.”
There was a total of 528 people who were entertained, as the event raised more than $5,000, all of which will be used for the maintenance and operation of the museum.
“This year the number of people who attended were much more compared to last year’s 302,” she added. “We can’t thank the volunteers enough for the tremendous time, resources and effort they put into this event. Most of the props, or anything used for the event had been created or contributed by them.”
Wahlund also wanted to thank the Sharebear Playschool who provided the museum with a kiddy corral, so that the parents could enjoy the Friday night visiting the “asylum.”