Fright nights at Evil Acres in North Saanich

North Saanich haunted house delivers the scares for older children and adults.

Randevil Mortimer looks out from the darkness maze in his costume at Evil Acres in North Saanich.

Creator and owner of Evil Acres, Randevil Mortimer gets ready for another scary Halloween, always conjuring up new ways to scare.

In it’s third year on a farm in North Saanich, Evil Acres is always changing things up, with this year being the last year for Slaughter House Extreme, as the rooms, actors and some of the placements change.

“To redo the whole thing every year would be like remodeling a 10,000 square foot house and changing your whole house every year,” said Mortimer, giving the PNR a sneak peak at the Slaughter House.

This year there will be The Darkness Maze Phobia Edition, an outdoor maze for people to experience some of their common fears — such as a fear of clowns or a fear of darkness.

There are 40 actors between the two attractions, chosen out of an audition process at the end of last August.

“We’re always looking for fresh blood every year,” said Mortimer.

The attractions open at the start of October, but are only open select days (listed on the website Evilacres.com). It’s open for the whole week leading up to Halloween from 6:30 to 11 p.m. and on Halloween 6 to 10 p.m.

There are plans already for next year, with a completely new theme to mix it up and a remodeling done to the whole house.

Mortimer said there has been much positive feedback throughout the years, as this is something for the big kids.

“I just like having people having fun.”

Evil Acres has also been doing a lot of stuff for the community as well. In their first year, they gave to the Cops For Cancer charity, along with collecting donations for the local food bank. This year they gave $1,000 to the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association for sports teams, while also continuing to collect food items.

“We like to do things in the community, so we help out. A little bit of good for all the evil we do,” Mortimer told the PNR.

“A whole bunch of us monsters are going to be heading down to the Blood Bank because they need blood, so we’re going to get rid of some of our blood.”

”Because we are going to make room for fresh,” he added.

On Halloween night, Evil Acres will also be presenting Halloween at the Mansion, which will take place at the English Inn (in Victoria) for $25 a ticket. Some of the many things taking place that night will be a costume contest, door prizes, music and dancing. For more information, people can visit the Evil Acres Facebook page or website.

Tickets for the Evil Acres attractions will be $13 each or $18 for both.

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