Haunted house scaring up Halloween fun, funds for Cottonwood Shores VFD

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The haunted house once was an annual tradition for the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department.

Perhaps, more important to the department, it also was an annual fundraiser.

So the VFD decided to bring it back for four nights beginning Oct. 30 at the department, 610 Birch Lane.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department haunted house
WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 2
WHERE: Cottonwood Shores VFD, 610 Birch Lane in Cottonwood Shores
ADMISSION: $3 for all ages
FOR MORE: Call (830) 693-5191[/box]

“It’s our first year, and, hopefully, it’s a good one,” said Heather Hyslop, the Cottonwood Shores VFD training officer.

Hyslop said the haunted house will be constructed outside the firehouse.

“It’s not an actual structure,” she said. “We’re decorating it with lights and scary stuff and sounds.”

Admission to the haunted house is $3 and open to all ages. On the first night, the haunted house will be open 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The following three nights — Oct. 31-Nov. 2 — it will be open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Money raised from the haunted house will benefit the volunteer fire department.

Fire Chief Deavon DeLancey said the small department needs the funds to help offset rising costs for training and equipment.

“If it turns out to be a big deal, (it helps with) the equipment, training and various items we haven’t been able to afford before,” DeLancey said.

The haunted house also gives the department a chance to interact with the community.

“I’m really looking forward to the community’s involvement and for more people to be aware of the department,” Hyslop said.

Call (830) 693-5191 for more information.

jared@thepicayune.com