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Yarmouth County Museum hosting first haunted house Oct. 26 and 27.
Wikimedia Photo: Mattes
Yarmouth County Museum hosting first haunted house Oct. 26 and 27. Wikimedia Photo: Mattes

Yarmouth County Museum hosting first haunted house Oct. 26 and 27

YARMOUTH - The Yarmouth County Museum is looking for volunteers to assist with a brand new event. The job? Basically to frighten people and make them “scream a bit.”

The museum’s first haunted house will take place Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Prepare to be scared,” said archivist Lisette Gaudet.

“Basically you get to find out what lurks in the shadows of the museum at night.”

Archivist Lisette Gaudet 

The haunted house will take place in the basement… where not a lot of people get to go.

“On those nights, they’ll know why,” said Gaudet.

She says volunteers who step up to the job of giving people a good scare can come in their own costume, or they will be provided with one.

Museum staff is handling the decorating and will be setting up some scenarios. The overall theme is “what lurks in the museum at night.”

“We have a few exotic artifacts and objects around here. Maybe at night they come to life….,” said Gaudet with a smile.

As one might imagine, a complex dedicated to the preservation of the past has its own ghosts. Gaudet says she’s heard them, as have others.

She has heard footsteps upstairs from her office on the floor below while alone in the building.

“They were loud enough that I went upstairs to check,” she said.

A co-worker arrived at Gaudet’s office one day and was surprised to see her there because as she passed by one of Gaudet’s storage rooms she heard something fall and thought she was in there.

“We went to check but didn’t see anything and I’m the only one with a key,” said Gaudet.

The Halloween haunted house will serve as a fundraiser for the musem.

There is a $6 entrance fee and no reservations are required.

Those interested in volunteering for the haunted house can contact Gaudet by phone: 902-742-5539, or email

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