Haunted garden raises $600 for Maplewood

Maplewood life enrichment aide Rosanne Blackburn sets up to receive guests in the Brighton long-term care home’s haunted garden.

Brighton home deems residents’ council fundraiser a success

Turning its garden into a haunted attraction for the Brighton community proved to be a real treat for Maplewood residents.

For the two weeks leading up to Halloween, the home opened its garden to the public for a few hours on select evenings.

Community members paid $5 to check out the ghosts, ghouls and other scary creatures and features of the garden.

The fundraiser netted $600 for Maplewood’s residents’ council.

“I’m happy with it,” Rosanne Blackburn, life enrichment aide (LEA) says about the amount of money raised.

“For our first year and two cancelled days due to weather,” it’s a success, she adds.

Rosanne and LEA Lynanne Campbell arrived at the idea to turn the home’s garden into a haunted destination. They spent countless hours collecting and making props and residents also helped make some of the spooky decorations.

There were swaying fabric ghosts and dolls “preserved” in pickle jars and rubber hands lunging out of flower beds. With spooky music and a smoke/fog-generating machine, the ambiance was frightening.

Staff members in costumes took turns volunteering and welcoming the public into the garden.

Rachel Corkery, life enrichment co-ordinator and administrator of Maplewood, earlier told The OMNIway she was astounded by how fantastic the haunted garden turned out to be.

In the evening, The OMNIway visited Maplewood, Rachel, her husband, Pat, and son, Hunter, were among the home’s volunteers on site.

The administrator said the garden “completely” exceeded her expectations.

“They have literally left no stone unturned. This blows my mind.”

Rachel hopes the haunted garden turns into an annual affair at Maplewood.

The money raised goes directly to the residents’ council and supports outings and other activities as chosen by the residents.

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