By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Things that go bump in the night. A sudden chill that runs down your spine. A fleeting shape that just escapes your full view. The eerie sense someone is watching from the darkness. The sound of footsteps behind you.
These and many more chills await those who for the past four years have been brave enough, or foolish enough, to tempt the demons and spirits of the Haunted Firehouse in Bailey.
Creeping into its fifth year with a hearty, "Muwahahahahahaha," the Haunted Firehouse is equal measures freak show and fundraiser where patrons can get the bejeebers scared out of them while at the same time knowing the money raised will help the volunteer fire department personnel save real life victims during real life horror stories.
"We have a lot of fun with the Haunted Firehouse," said Jason Combs, a Bailey volunteer fireman and a coordinator of the annual event. "But there is a serious side in that the money we raise helps us to help the residents in our area. I think that is why the support for this event has been growing steadily each year. The people love to be scared but they also realize the good the money is doing for everyone."
The Haunted Firehouse will open its creaky doors beginning the weekend of Oct. 18-19. The following weekends, October 25-26, and Oct. 31, Halloween, and Nov. 1. The ghoulish fun will begin at 7 p.m. on these nights and end at the "Witching Hour" of midnight. On Oct. 24 and 30, the times will be 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The cost to the thrill seekers, also known as the willing victims, is $5 per person. If those adventurous enough want more fright in the night, they can try to survive the Haunted Firehouse and then attempt to make it through the Haunted Forest. The cost to be chased through the dark woods screaming for help that won't come is $7 per person. Make no mistake, the Haunted Forest will be ripe with any sort of mayhem that might include lunatics with chain saws and zombies looking for a nighttime snack of human flesh.
"Our theme is always to scare and put fear into our victims," Combs said. "Really we don't have on overall theme. We come up with the best scene ideas
possible and roll with it. Our victims never know what to expect."
The Bailey Volunteer Fire Department can be found by taking Highway 495 at the Centerhill Martin Road split at the Spirit Gas Station. From there it is just a short quarter mile drive.
Or you could just roll your windows down and follow the screams!