With Halloween just around the corner, the immersive horror experience Fear5 is making its long-awaited return, beginning Oct. 1 and running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the month. This year, Fear5 is putting on four terrifying experiences where participants have one goal — get out alive.
Between 2015 and 2018, Fear Winnipeg’s annual events sold out every year, instilling terror into the hearts of over 40,000 people during the four-year period. Unfortunately, in 2019, a massive fire destroyed their venue, along with thousands of dollars’ worth of materials and props for the event.
The event’s lead organizer, Jay Hall, said “the fire was absolutely devastating.”
“When I showed up to see the building engulfed in flames and the walls crumbling, I won’t lie, there were a couple of tears,” Hall said in a press release.
The fire led to the postponement of 2019’s event, which got pushed back even further due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Now, after two years of inactivity, Fear5’s organizers are back with a vengeance, ready to make the fifth installment of these bone-chilling experiences the most frightening one yet.
This year, Fear5 is offering four unique experiences at a secret venue. Two days prior to their scheduled event, ticket holders will be contacted with the event location. While this strategy is meant to deter people from posting about the location on social media, it also enhances the creepiness of the experience.
However, Fear5 ensures the venue “is in downtown Winnipeg, easy to get to, on major bus routes [and has] plenty of parking options.”
Experiences this year include “Blind,” a Bird Box-inspired experience, where you are blindfolded and must navigate an unpredictable space using your other senses, “The Copycat Killer,” a Dexter-inspired theme which calls on you to participate in a grisly murder, “Virtual Horror,” a terrifying virtual reality experience that forces you to conquer fears of falling and a new spin on Fear Winnipeg’s classic zombie theme called “The Cure,” in which you must find your way through a zombie-infested building while being as quiet as possible.
As much as Fear Winnipeg loves to scare the living daylights out of its guests, the team also loves doing good for the community. This year, Fear5 will be making a donation in support of Winnipeg Harvest.
In a press release, Bailey Danae — another of Fear5’s organizers — said they “filled a [12 ft. by 12 ft.] room in 2018 to the [10 ft.] ceilings with food, clothes and other items.”
“I hope we do at least that this year. It’s really redeeming to see Winnipeg come together to give that kind of a donation.”
Hall also said “this is as much a community-driven event as it is about Halloween.”
For more information, head to fearwpg.ca or Fear Winnipeg’s official Instagram page, @fearwpg.ca.