Mississauga businessman Todd Wirtz, owner of The Auto Spa at Laird and Winston Churchill, has spent over 100 hours transforming his house into a Halloween spectacle to raise money and non-perishable items for the Oakville Fair Share Foodbank. Wirtz also works closely with the folks at Eden Food for Change as well, where he recently participated in and emceed their annual “Riders Against Hunger” motorcycle ride.
Going into its 24th year, Located at 111 Solingate Drive in Oakville (Lakeshore and Third Line) is where you’ll find Wirtz’s haunted house that’s designed to be spooky and entertaining as opposed to creepy and chilling. Children and adults embrace its truly all-ages environment. This labour of love has seen up to 300 cars pass by daily in past years, and for 2016, his haunted house runs from October 7th to 31st between 7 and 10 pm, with hopes of building upon that figure. His 2016 goal is to collect at least 5,000 pounds of food and more than $5,000 for the food bank.
Visiting 111 Solingate Manor is a tradition for numerous families, with new ones joining every year to experience the ghouls, goblins, ghosts and grandeur. There’ll be coffee and food for adults on the 31st, along with plenty of candy for the children.
“It’s all about giving back to society and teaching children that Halloween is about both giving and receiving,” says Wirtz. “I want to make a positive contribution and help others as much as possible and through this family-friendly attraction, I can do that and hopefully inspire others to also give back.”
We’ve driven by 111 Solingate in previous years and highly recommend you do the same (maybe a few times) with a fully charged smartphone or camera and car full of family and friends.
For more information and to donate, visit oakvillehauntedhouse.ca.