The Radium Events Committee is turning the village's historic  Eaton House into a haunted house on October 29.

The Radium Events Committee is turning the village's historic Eaton House into a haunted house on October 29.

Landmark shows its spooky side

One of Radium's most recognizable landmarks will be getting a decidedly different look come Halloween.

One of Radium’s most recognizable landmarks will be getting a decidedly different look come Halloween.

The Radium Events Committee (REC) will be hosting a haunted house at the Eaton House on Highway 93 in Radium on Saturday, October 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.

In what is described as a “family-friendly event,” kids and their parents will have the opportunity to pick and carve their very own pumpkin before taking a tour of the now-haunted Eaton House, while learning a little about the history of the venerable building. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be provided, and while admission is free, the cost for a pumpkin is $5 to help fund the event.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” REC member Karen Larsen said. “Kids can run around, and check out the farm, and at the same time we’re trying to incorporate a little of the history as well.”

The house was built by James McKay, who was born in P.E.I. in 1867. He served as postmaster for the region until his death. Soon after arriving in the valley he bought 1,500 acres of land on which to build a home. He then purchased a house through the Eaton’s catalogue and had it shipped by train across Canada, then by riverboat down the Columbia River. It was assembled ion his property, where it  remains today.