Courtesy of Reapers Gate.

Reaper’s Gate Seeks To Thrill One Final Halloween

After seven years of spooky fun, this will be the final year for Reaper’s Gate, the haunted house on California Ave. in Windsor.

Operator, John Burkoski says his kids are getting older, and the family wants to end on a high note.

“We started out for the kids, and the kids are now teenagers,” he says. “The tents that we have all the rooms set up under have gotten old, and the cost of replacing is a little too much for us.”

Courtesy of Reapers Gate.

Courtesy of Reapers Gate.

The house at 3150 California Ave. is between Norfolk St. and Balmoral St. It is open Saturday and Sunday this weekend, and next, from 7:30pm until 9:30pm.

For the little kids and those who want to see the display without the scare, there is a no-scare day on Wednesday, October 18 from 1pm to 6pm.

“It’s a charity event where we [take] non-perishable food items for Street Help, along with monetary donations that are also donated there,” says Burkoski.

He estimates more than 50 boxes of non-perishable food were donated to the food bank last year. Burkoski isn’t sure how much has been given over the years.

With up to 30 people volunteering to play characters in the haunted house, visitors can walk through 20 rooms full of scary displays.

“Every year we change it up,” says Burkoski. “We have some of your standard rooms, with witches and werewolves. Every year we have a couple different rooms, but we don’t tell anybody about it until they through, so we don’t ruin the surprise.”