Wednesday, 27 October 2010

French Association builds haunted house

Frightening Francophones
French Association builds haunted house
Daron Letts
Northern News Services
Published Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Pumpkins are more than just an artistic medium. The plump orange squash is also a delicious ingredient in pies, breads, muffins, soups, salty snacks and other homemade treats.

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Francoise Blanchard, left, displays her elaborate carnivorous Jack-O-Lantern alongside French Association director Marie Coderre, who carved a more classic scary pumpkin face. The association is hosting two Halloween events for the community this week. - Daron Letts/NNSL photo

Ghoulish gourmands are invited to share their creepy culinary creations early tomorrow evening at the French Association offices downtown.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 guests are encouraged to bring their pumpkin-themed foods to be judged in a spooky cooking competition.

Pumpkin carvers are also welcome to cart their creations to the event for the Jack-O-Lantern competition. About a dozen carved pumpkins have already been submitted to the contest.

The community event is part of the regular weekly cultural programming organized by the association to promote fun opportunities for residents to practise speaking French in a relaxed social setting.

Later this week the association is hosting another freaky Francophone Halloween event.

For the second year in a row, the association staff and volunteers will transform their offices into a blue haunted house of terror.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, costumed characters of all ages can tour the indoor cemetery upstairs before descending into the disturbing downstairs dungeon.

The association partnered with the NWT Judo Association and the NWT Native Women's Association to co-ordinate the ghostly gathering. For a small donation, families can visit the scary scene, while enjoying some spine-tingling treats.

"It's going to be a very awesome haunted house," said French Association director Marie Coderre.