A 19-year-old Halloween enthusiast from Quebec is organizing the Museum of Carnage for the second year, a completely free horror trail in the Neufchatel area.
Jeremy Bigras has been a fan of this party since he was very young, and has since invested nearly $30,000 in animatronics, robotic animals or human-shaped creatures with amazing realism.
“It’s a lot of work, but there are fewer people decorating their homes for Halloween, so I’m trying to revive that a little,” explains the man who has been to Ottawa twice to source equipment to meet his ambitions.
Even with little, if any, publicity, he says he welcomed nearly 2,000 people last year. He expects to repeat this feat this year with more help, including that of Party Expert.
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“I accept donations, but the fact remains that my salary is actually people’s reaction. It hurts to be able to share my passion with so many people,” said the person, who is happy to hear the screams of fear from visitors.
About a dozen friends, including actors, come to give up their time to dress up and help scare the visitors.
“He literally passed his passion on to me and today we do it together,” said his friend Jimmy Huffington.
Vision of greatness
The young man uses his parents’ front yard as a playground, but is thinking big about his future versions.
“Eventually, I’d love to have a bigger plot of land or even a whole house to do something really amazing, but I don’t want to have to charge people a huge amount,” says Jeremy Bigras, who insists on freedom of access.
“Why should I charge visitors for something I want to do and am very passionate about,” the young man adds.
A free carnage museum will open Tuesday evening, scaring the public for Halloween at 10510 Saint Bruno Street in Neufchatel.
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