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2011 Ladner Halloween Family Fright Fest

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Published on Oct 30, 2011

Halloween arrived early in Ladner village and people celebrated the 2011 Family Fright Fest in and around McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner, South Delta, BC, Canada on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

There was trick or treating at the late Victorian-era McKee Heritage House and a street festival that included entertainment, face painting, crafts, hayrides, spooky stories, a mad scientist display and delicious food from Kee Café.

The McKee Heritage House was transformed into a spooky haunted house by students of South Delta Secondary School (SDSS) for this annual event, which is now in its fourth year. The festival's theme this year was Madame McKee's Wax Museum and Chamber of Horrors.

The two-storey wood-frame John McKee Residence (McKee House) is located on the south edge of Ladner village (Arthur Drive @ 47th Avenue), and is recognizable for its stacked front verandahs and scroll-cut ornamentation. This heritage house was built in 1895 for Thomas Kerr, a partner in the Grant and Kerr Sawmill, which was located on the western side of Chilukthan Slough. When the mill relocated to Port Guichon, Kerr sold the house to John McKee and his wife, Margaret, in 1898. The home passed to their son John McKee Jr. after the death of his father in 1900. John married Lilla McNeill in 1903, after which time the house became known as 'Rosetta.' The McKees enlarged and remodelled the house in 1912. After John McKee Junior died in 1931, his wife Lilla -- well known locally for her service to the community -- lived here until her death in 1959, at which time the house was inherited by her nephew, Judge J.D. McNeill.

The Corporation of Delta acquired the house and property in 1975, and in 1983 it was granted the municipal heritage designation. The trees at the site have also been identified on the Delta Heritage Register.

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