Saint-Lazare haunted house display will go ahead this Saturday despite SQ visit
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
One of the creepy sights on display in a haunted house set up by St. Lazare resident Scott Trainor on his front lawn to entertain parents and youngsters during the Coronavirus pandemic.
A Saint-Lazare resident received an unexpected visit from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) after hosting a haunted house display on the front lawn that attracted around 300 people including children last Saturday evening, October 24.
“It was a Facebook event. We hosted it from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Everything went great. We had social distancing measures in place, a hand sanitizing station and we only allowed one family at a time in the Tempos,” ScottTrainor told The Journal.
Illegal indoor gathering
“At approximately 9:45 p.m., once everyone was gone and we were taking the speakers down and everything else that couldn’t be left outside, the SQ showed up and informed us that what we did all night was illegal. It was the Tempos that made it illegal because they considered it an indoor gathering,” he added.
Trainor said he had spoken to the SQ on Monday and they stuck to the point about the event being an illegal gathering. On Tuesday, after word of the incident reached some media outlets, the SQ advised Trainor they would tolerate the second event that is scheduled to be held this Saturday evening, October 31 outside his house as long as social distancing protocols were respected.
“I think the community all came together and they showed support so the police said they didn’t necessarily want to close the event as long as the safety procedures we had in place during our first event were respected,” said Trainor.
He also received the support from Diligence Security Corp who will provide their services free of charge to ensure the visitors respect the Coronavirus safety protocols when Trainor hosts his event on Halloween which is likely to draw even more people.
“They’re going to make sure that people socially distance on the street. They’re going to provide two cars and three security personnel,” said Trainor.
“Everything is fully automated. It’s not a display where we have to be in it and there’s nothing that people have to touch. Everything is on sensors and there are remote controls that control everything so families really do go in alone. People have to wear masks and we have hand sanitizer,” he added.
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Trainor is inviting residents to visit his ghoulish creation on Halloween this Saturday evening at 1453 Rue Brazeau beginning at 6 p.m.
Providing a sense of normalcy
His motivation for putting up the extravagant display is to provide a sense of normalcy amidst the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus. “All the families thanked us. They were very happy that it felt a bit more normal for the kids. My fiancée and I don’t have kids so we’re really doing this for the community,” said Trainor.
It was seeing the positive reaction from the children who went through the tempos to see the various ghoulish displays that made staging the event last Saturday worthwhile for Trainor. He anticipates an even larger crowd will show up this Saturday and even invited the SQ to visit.
SQ invited to participate
“I told them I’m not doing this to make a movement or to cause any issues. I invited them to come and check it out and interact with the public. They told me they didn’t have the resources. I’m anticipating at least 500 people will show up on Saturday. The offer is still there for the SQ to participate,” said Trainor.
The haunted display is located at 1453 Rue Brazeau in Saint-Lazare off of Chemin Sainte-Angélique. Visitors are invited to attend beginning at 6 p.m.