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Print – 2009

Scary what people will do for Halloween



October 26, 2009 12:03 PM


A family’s passion for Halloween is helping sick and injured children.

The Young family will once again open up their ghoulishly decorated yard on Red Ash Drive – a Halloween night spectacle they call Legacy of Horrors – to trick-or-treaters or those looking for a scare.

Visitors may give a donation to the Sick Kids Foundation.

The foundation seemed like an appropriate charity, Richard Young said. “(Halloween is) either for kids or grown-ups that want to be kids again.”

He explained that his love for Halloween was re-sparked after his daughters, Yasmin, 5 and Jaedyn, 2, came along.

The family started out with some basic Halloween decorations, Mr. Young said. “We build every year. A little here, a little there.”

Now the family’s yard is transformed into an eerie scene complete with gravestones, lots of props and moving, grotesque creatures, like grim reapers, zombies and characters from the Friday the 13th movies. The creepy atmosphere is heighten by spooky sounds and a fog machine.

While Mr. Young’s wife, Sheila, says she helps out Halloween night, it’s Mr. Young that’s behind the creepy creatures that make their annual show.

Most of the creatures are built from available materials, he explained, like ABS piping, wood, chicken wire, batting and newspaper.

That creates the form, then Mr. Young said he has to figure out how to make it move.

He said modifying windsheld wiper motors is one way he brings life to his creatures.

For instance, a hanging man he created was built from a wood frame. A foam wig head and old clothes completed the look.

Then Mr. Young rigged a motor to pull the creature’s legs up and down.

These pieces aren’t put out until the day of Halloween. Hardier decorations are already haunting the Youngs’ yard.

Mr. Young is usually out early in the morning setting up.

Both he and Ms Young will be out on Halloween night.

They also have some help from family and neighbours, whom Ms Young reports love the annual event.

Last year, judging by the candy handed out, the Youngs think about 1,000 people dropped by on Halloween night.

This year, Longo’s has donated treats to hand out.

There will also be a box where visitors can donate to the Sick Kids Foundation. Legacy of Horror is approved to collect funds on the charity’s behalf.

The foundation’s funds go toward infrastructure at Sick Kids and supports the work of physicians, researchers and scientists.

Legacy of Horror is raising money for an important cause, but why else does Mr. Young continue doing it?

“I think it’s fun to scare people. They seem to enjoy it,” he said. “It’s entertaining.”

“Just watching the kids’ expressions,” Ms Young said.

“The adults, too,” Mr. Young said.

And the positive feedback he gets helps, he said. “It feeds the desire to do something better next year.”

Legacy of Horror runs on Halloween night at the Youngs’ house at 6 Red Ash Drive. It’s in the subdivision west of Ninth Line, between Hwy. 407 and 14th Avenue.

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