Waldoboro Fire Department haunts old A.D. Gray facility for last time

By Bane Okholm | Nov 01, 2012
Photo by: Bane Okholm Minnie (Shyanne Young, 7), a princess (Mya Young, 5), Batgirl (Emma Haney, 5), and a skeleton (Colvin Standring, 9) prepare to enter the Waldoboro Fire Department's haunted house Oct. 31.

Waldoboro — The Waldoboro Fire Department put on its "A Night at the Movies" haunted house Oct. 31, bringing four years of community fun to a successful close.

Themed rooms included perennial Halloween favorites "Children of the Corn," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and "Saw," as well as family fare like "Charlie Brown" and "Cinderella."

Donations raised by the event benefit the Waldoboro Firemen's Association.

Though there was initially some question about whether the haunted house would return to its original location, the Waldoboro firefighters were invited back by Central Lincoln County YMCA Executive Director Craig Wilson, and produced the event in approximately two weeks rather than the typical four.

Plans for the School Street building's redevelopment into the Waldoboro YMCA were on display in a booth in front of the haunted house. The YMCA currently undergoing the fundraising process.

Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer said he didn't know how many people visited the 2012 haunted house, but that it was the "longest line" he'd seen in all four years. Smeltzer said that in order to hold the same event next year, Waldoboro firefighters will need to secure the use of another downtown facility.

Although scheduled to close at 9 p.m., the haunted house stayed open nearly an hour later in order to accommodate waiting patrons.

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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