Meridian Star

October 14, 2011

Halloween event to raise money for volunteers

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     It is often said that a person doesn't know how it feels to truly live until they have faced their deepest, darkest fears.

    Well, a handful of organizers are hoping to give local residents at least a taste of that experience — all in the name of raising money for a good cause. Beginning three years ago, the Haunted Firehouse at Bailey Volunteer Fire Department on Highway 495 had a modest showing for its first ever event to help raise funds for the department and its firefighters. Since then the word, or more accurately, the screams, have gotten out about what fun it is to be scared out of your wits.

    Set to launch its third installment of the Halloween spookfest, the volunteers are excited as they prepare for this year's event.

    "We are always coming up with new and scary things for the people to see and run from," says a smiling Robby McClure, one of the many volunteers who have been working for several weeks to build all the exhibits. "This will get the adrenaline pumping."

    Without giving out all the new thrills and chills the department has in store for patrons who love to be scared, McClure, and Jason Combs have come up with new and dastardly exhibits that will surprise, spook and send patrons screaming.

    "We have kept a couple of the old favorites while at the same time adding new and improved props and exhibits," said Combs. "Those who are brave enough to pass down these halls will be subjected to some of the best fun on Halloween."

    Combs said each year the number of people who have experienced the haunted house has doubled. He says last year 1,100 people entered the Haunted Firehouse.

    The spooks will come out beginning on Oct. 21 and 22 beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing up until midnight. The Haunted Firehouse will again open its doors Oct. 27, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., and then on Oct. 28 and 29 from 7 p.m.-until. On Oct. 31, the scare times will be from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. It costs $5 per person to be scared to death — a small fee for so much fun.

    The Haunted Firehouse is located on Highway 495, a quarter mile from the appropriately named Spirit Gas Station at the Centerhill Martin Road/Highway 495 split. Keep right at the gas station and follow the screams.