Ruth VFD prepares to scare: Haunted house opens two weekends to celebrate Halloween

Published 10:06 am Thursday, October 22, 2015

Once again the Ruth Volunteer Fire Department has been transformed into a haunted house the VFD members hope will delight and frighten the whole family this weekend and next.

The ninth Ruth Volunteer Fire Department Annual Haunted House will be held Friday and Saturday as well as Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. each night.

Nicole Lawrence has been a volunteer firefighter in Ruth for six years, and said the Halloween haunted house is the biggest event the VFD puts on for the community each year. Lawrence said firefighters love creating the spooky spectacle, which has something for everyone.

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A $5 entry fee grants access to the biggest RVFD haunted house yet. With an extended area from last year, Lawrence said the building is complete with mazes and different themed rooms such as the cemetery room or the infamous “noodle” room. It’s filled with noodles and getting into the room is much easier than finding the way out. Dead ends and frights are at every turn with ghosts, goblins, witches and clowns. Lawrence said while it is spooky, those in the haunted house dial it down when children go through but adults beware for the full effect. Fellow firefighters, she said, needed 15 to 20 minutes to get through the confusing and creepy fire station — and they built it.

Lawrence said creepy as it may be, there have never been any negative reactions. But for those who like a tamer Halloween treat, there is bingo and cakewalks.

Bingo is held on Friday night for $1 per game and boasts prizes anywhere from a T-shirt to an oil change, Lawrence said. Businesses, individuals and vendors throughout the community have donated bingo prizes and cakes for the cake walks on Saturdays. The cakewalks are also $1 per game.

“It’s just something fun we like to do for the community each year to give back,” Lawrence said.

She said it has been mentioned that the highly recommended and reviewed event should be moved to Brookhaven, or a larger community, but the Ruth VFD wants it to stay in “the community they serve everyday.”

The RVFD Annual Haunted House is its biggest fundraiser all year and all proceeds go directly to gear, equipment and funds to keep the RVFD up and running.