The former Woolworth’s building on Water Street, where the Harbour Haunt resided for its first five years.
The St. John’s Harbour Haunt has been scaring the pants off of the public for the past eight years, but this year however, the annual haunted house has been forced to close its creaky doors. According to organizers, securing a venue for the event has been extremely difficult over the past few years due to the competitive commercial real estate market in the city. The event is a major fundraiser for the Easter Seals, a charitable organization that raises money for disabled children in the province. In both 2007 and 2008, the Harbour Haunt raised close to $100,000 for camp programs for children with physical disabilities and provided assistance for families in need. With so many monsters and mayhem, the Harbour Haunt needs at least 8,000 square feet of donated space, and according to Amanda Puddicombe, Development Manager with Easter Seals, they are still searching for a large space with creepy potential, but time is quickly running out.