Haunted house grows bigger each year, raises money for palliative care

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Each year, Grégoire adds new animatronics to his collection for display in a labyrinthine haunted house tour on his large corner lot on 2236 Rue de l’Orchèstre on Halloween. This year’s display will showcase several hundred animatronic figurines, including witches, pirates, zombies and horror movie characters like Jason and Freddy Krueger, as well as sound effects, spooky lighting and image projections. A make-up artist, photographer, electrician, sound engineer and caterer have been hired for the event.

“I started small, and every year I upgrade and upgrade,” said Grégoire. “Every year, I try to get better and better. It’s a passion. My head is full of ideas always, always, always.”

This year, the event is bigger than ever before. Grégoire has obtained permission from the town to close the street, and has enlisted the help of a local troupe of Girl Guides to package 1,800 treat bags with candy donated by Pharmaprix. Visitors will be asked to donate to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation, and Gaz Métro Plus has committed to match donations up to $2,000.

Some of Grégoire’s collection of Halloween décor is stored in a warehouse belonging to his HVAC business, AG Équipement et Confort. Employees, family and friends are among the several dozen volunteers who assist in planning and setting up the Halloween display each year, aided by members of the Club Optimiste Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

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