By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
What is it about the mystic power of Halloween that turns an innocent looking fire department into a little shop of horrors?
Chains rattle, fog and mist clouds the vision and mind, screams in the distance fill the soul with dread and foreboding. All of these terrible childhood feelings of the boogey-man come flooding back inside the Bailey Volunteer Fire Department for the fourth straight year. And as has been the case in previous concoctions of this ghoulish night, this year's version promises to be bigger, better and even more frightening.
"We have more surprises, more things than before," said Robbie McClure, a Bailey VFD member and probably one who will be involved in showing those brave enough to venture into the darkness just how loud they can scream. "We really enjoy doing this every year and each time we get new ideas."
The 4th Annual Haunted Firehouse will open its creaky doors beginning tonight at 7 p.m. until midnight. The screams and cries of horror will continue Saturday night at the same times. On Oct. 26 and 27 the same times will apply but on Oct. 29 and 30 the Haunted Firehouse will be open from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. On Halloween night, a 7 p.m. start up time will give way to well past the witching hour.
Admission is $5 for the Haunted Firehouse, $7 if you are feeling especially brave and want to tackle the Haunted Forest beyond. Be forewarned, there are hairy, terrible and ghoulish things that roam the woods in Bailey.
The Haunted Firehouse is at Bailey VFD fire station #3 located a 10116 Highway 495. At the Centerhill Martin Road and Highway 495 split at the Spirit Gas Station, lean right and stay on Highway 495 and go a quarter mile. Or, if you get turned around, just stop and roll down your window. You can follow the screams to the Haunted Firehouse.
Proceeds collected for the Haunted Firehouse go towards the continued service Bailey VFD gives to those in its service area. So anyone adventurous enough to go through the dark, dank, underbelly of the Firehouse can rest assured their souls have contributed to a great cause for the rest of the year.