“This one, she doesn’t shut up sometimes,” Barb Stokes says of her creepy cackling sorcerer. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Esquimalt’s spooky spectacle

“Haunted” house on Norma Court is the pride of owner Barb Stokes

There’s still a few days until Halloween, but over in Esquimalt a spooky spectacle is already taking place.

If you go looking for the lady who lives at 1112 Norma Court, you’ll have to first dodge two guard witches, a dead-full graveyard and a slew of skeletons. It’s all the handiwork of Barb Stokes, who lives in the house behind the hedges full of the ghosts of pirates past. For 10 years, Stokes has been pulling out the cobwebs and the witch hats every year on Oct. 1. to decorate for what is undoubtedly her favourite holiday.

“It’s lots of fun,” she says, chuckling. “I always like to enjoy it. It takes so long to put it up, so you might as well enjoy it for a long time.”

At last count, she said, it had taken her almost 19 hours to set up this year’s display. Lights of eerie green and pumpkin orange animate the yard at night, and traffic is steady as the community comes to greet the ghouls.

It seems Stokes has inspired her neighbours as well.

A decade after she hung her first skeleton, creepy bones are hanging from the trees all along her cul-de-sac. And on Halloween night, the “haunted” house on Norma Court is the most popular spot for trick-or-treaters; last year Stokes counted 80 kids who came knocking.

“I’m going to dress up probably as a witch this year,” she says. “Although, I could probably hop in the coffin and scare [the kids] that way. That would be kind of fun.”

Get into the Halloween spirit with a free community pumpkin carving Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sands of Victoria, 1803 Quadra St. This year’s event returns for its sixth year with face painting, Halloween treats and everything you need to turn your free pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No ‘harmonious solution’ dogs on beaches in Saanich, community-led study finds

Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association present findings to council Sept. 28

B.C. Greens introduce all-women slate for Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay ridings

School trustee Nicole Duncan assumes Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidacy

Long-time Central Saanich councillor named NDP candidate for Saanich North and the Islands

King, who joins election campaign one week after its start, hopes to unseat Adam Olsen

VicPD explains why calls for service can’t be compared to years before 2019

Department launches Open VicPD, new platform in aim to be transparent

Worklink march in Langford supports Orange Shirt Day

Ahousaht Prayer Song sets the tone

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Most Read