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PHOTOS: Cape Breton carnival workers take 19-year Halloween house tradition on new adventure


SYDNEY — A Whitney Pier family who lost their carnival life on the road this year has brought that atmosphere into their home for Halloween.

The Halloween house is part of a 19-year tradition for Mary Jo Campbell and her family and sees them follow a dark and spooky theme.

“We’ve all been carnival workers for 20 years and we lost our season this year due to COVID,” said Campbell who travels with Hinchey’s Rides and Amusements. “So we decided to change up our Halloween decorations to a creepy carnival. When you come through the door all you hear is the creepy carnival music. It’s the real deal.”

The house isn’t open to the public. Despite that, it has drawn 60 to 80 family and friends from across Canada.

“It’s the first time in 19 years they can’t be here due to COVID-19 so it’s emotional, but we’re fine,” she added.

Family who enter this year are asked to bring a food donation for the Whitney Pier food pantry.

Denis Pallot, right, one of the creators of his family’s Halloween house in Whitney Pier, teams up with friend Karen Pitchuck to greet visitors in a section of the house. Upwards of 15 family and friends have taken part in helping create the annual spooky tour for 19 years now. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post  - Sharon Montgomery
Denis Pallot, right, one of the creators of his family’s Halloween house in Whitney Pier, teams up with friend Karen Pitchuck to greet visitors in a section of the house. Upwards of 15 family and friends have taken part in helping create the annual spooky tour for 19 years now. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
A homemade Ferris wheel is one of dozens of carnival creations in the spooky haunted house by Mary Jo Campbell’s family in Whitney Pier. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
A homemade Ferris wheel is one of dozens of carnival creations in the spooky haunted house by Mary Jo Campbell’s family in Whitney Pier. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery

Rayya Ward, 3, a friend of the family of Mary Jo Campbell of Whitney Pier, gets in the creepy fun at their Halloween house in Whitney Pier. The family has carried on the tradition for family and friends for 19 years now. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
Rayya Ward, 3, a friend of the family of Mary Jo Campbell of Whitney Pier, gets in the creepy fun at their Halloween house in Whitney Pier. The family has carried on the tradition for family and friends for 19 years now. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
Mary Jo Campbell, welcomes family and friends at the entrance to her family’s home in Whitney Pier. Campbell said this is a 19-year old tradition by her family who are all carnival workers and where they lost their season this year they decided on a spooky carnival theme. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
Mary Jo Campbell, welcomes family and friends at the entrance to her family’s home in Whitney Pier. Campbell said this is a 19-year old tradition by her family who are all carnival workers and where they lost their season this year they decided on a spooky carnival theme. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
Karen Pitchuck finds a spooky way to offer some carnival treats to visitors in the haunted house created by the family of friend Mary Joe Campbell in Whitney Pier. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
Karen Pitchuck finds a spooky way to offer some carnival treats to visitors in the haunted house created by the family of friend Mary Joe Campbell in Whitney Pier. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
There are many animated surprises walking through Mary Jo Campbell’s home in Whitney Pier, decked out for the 19th year for family and friends to enjoy. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery
There are many animated surprises walking through Mary Jo Campbell’s home in Whitney Pier, decked out for the 19th year for family and friends to enjoy. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post - Sharon Montgomery

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