Dan Cawsey is ready to get the crowd screaming with his creepy yard in Saanichton that will raise fund and food for the local food bank.

Dan Cawsey is ready to get the crowd screaming with his creepy yard in Saanichton that will raise fund and food for the local food bank.

Scaring up food

Spooky yard in Saanichton acts as fundraiser for Sidney Lions Food Bank

Saanichton air should be filled with screams followed by giggles come darkness tonight. Not far from the village core, a spooky scene is building to a crescendo that will begin tonight with his annual Halloween visage.

All year Dan Cawsey plans his yard for All Hallow’s Eve. A graveyard and lab take over his front lawn each fall, and he fills it in with props created from all sorts of sources.

“Everything here is recycled material,” he said, gesturing to an eery graveyard and drab lab.

The majority of the set props are hand-made or modified and Cawsey and his family built everything on the set structures.

“It gives me a creative outlet that I really enjoy and my kids are all into it,” he said. “It’s nice that I can do it for a good cause.”

The scary scene raised about 200 pounds of food and $300 in cash donations for the Sidney Lions Food Bank last year. They’ll be collecting donations again this year.

 

Slide on by 7775 Bruce Gordon Place in Saanichton from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, from darkness to 10 or 10:30 p.m., weather permitting.