Haunted maze in Simcoe helps food banks

Derek King and four-year-old daughter Santana show off decorations outside of their Simcoe home for Halloween. The Kings turn their home into The House of Twisted Souls each October to raise money and collect food items for local food banks. Ashley Taylor/Postmedia Network jpeg, TN

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Derek King of Simcoe hopes to keep the spirit of Halloween alive despite the pandemic.

For the second consecutive year, King has turned his home at 215 Norfolk St. N. into The House of Twisted Souls to raise funds for food banks. The haunted outdoor maze will include strobe lights, fog machines, live actors and more. It will run on Oct. 29, 30 and 31 starting at six o’clock nightly.

“We’re doing this for the food banks, and to keep the spirit alive during this COVID-19 crap,” King said outside of his home this week.

Those wishing to go through the maze are asked to bring a cash donation of at least $2 or a non-perishable food item.

King said COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure people in the maze are physically distanced. A chute has been installed to drop candy into children’s bags while remaining six feet apart.

During a stormy Halloween last year, 600 people braved the weather and the haunted house.

King is also running a decoration contest for other homes in Simcoe to encourage others to get into the spirit. To get your home included in the judging send King a personal message on Facebook. The prize for the winning decorated house will be a $100 gift card.

More information on the haunted house can be found by searching The House of Twisted Souls on Facebook.