Calling all fans of things that go bump in the night: Heebie Jeebies returns for another year of terrifying fun.
Running every Thursday through Sunday starting Oct. 7, Heebie Jeebies is the ultimate Halloween event in Winnipeg.
The main attraction consists of four terrifying mazes, each with a creepier theme than the last.
Bunker Z is themed as a military experiment gone horribly wrong, the “Z” alluding to the zombie horror unleashed by the experiment.
The Junkyard, paired with the warning sign of “no trespassing,” baits participants to enter the “abandoned” space at their own peril.
Though a jest toward our neighbours to the west à la Troy Westwood and the Banjo Bowl — “a bunch of banjo-pickin’ inbreds” — the Saskatchie Cuzzies maze is far from a good joke. Themed as an abandoned farmhouse of a long gone cannibalizing, redneck family, it will take guts to find out whether the farmhouse is really abandoned after all.
Last, but definitely not least in nightmare fuel, Bobo’s Funhouse is a Stephen King-like horror brought to life. If you are afraid of clowns, you may want to sit this one out, as the fun in the funhouse is reserved for the building’s residents.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, tickets must be purchased on the Heebie Jeebies website. It is also advised that you arrive early for smooth entry as you will need proof of double vaccination via QR code and government issued ID to enter the event.
Tickets are non-refundable, but you can transfer them to your friends for a fee if you can’t make it.
There are two passes to the event. The first pass is for the amateur horror enthusiast — and student budget friendly — called the “scaredy pass” which costs $15, but you don’t have access to the mazes.
The second pass, the regular pass, is for the ultimate horror enthusiast and includes access to the mazes, It is not as budget-friendly at $40 for Thursday or Sunday entry, and $45 for Friday or Saturday entry, though on Thursdays and Sundays there is unlimited re-entry into the mazes.
For those who purchase the “scaredy pass,” there is still plenty of Halloween fun to be had. Apart from the four mazes, there are food trucks, free hot chocolate and carnival games and even fireworks on select nights.
If you are brave enough to purchase the regular pass but can’t handle the zombie apocalypse or night of the living dead, there will be staff who will help you get out mid-maze so that you can chill and collect yourself with some hot chocolate.
Located southwest of Winnipeg on La Salle Road, you will need a ride to the event with carpooling as your best option.
There are also no costumes allowed, for your safety. It cannot be stressed enough that you want to be assured the terrifying clown jumping out at you is a hired actor and not a psychopath.
With 70,000 square feet of horror fun, Heebie Jeebies is the Red River Ex version of Halloween events in the ’Peg.
Information and tickets for Heebie Jeebies can be found at heebie-jeebies.ca.