Ghost stories are traditionally told around campfires, but this Halloween, a firehouse will be the scene of a ghost story as Orange firefighters turn their Orange Center Road fire station into a haunted house.
It’ll all be in good fun as members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, with the help of some friends, welcome kids over 11 into their station, where ghosts, ghouls, goblins and others will set up camp from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29.
“We wanted to do something to provide some entertainment around Halloween,” said Firefighter Robert Panapada, who came up with the idea and is coordinating the work. “We developed the story and we’re having a great time creating the props. Some of our firefighters have been a little startled when they came running into the station at night to respond to alarms and were met by a ‘corpse’ standing near a fire engine!”
Firefighters, with help from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Orange Youth Services and some others, have been decorating the firehouse appropriately.
“The challenge has been to create a route through the firehouse for those participating, and still be able to put the fire apparatus back in the station at the end of the night,” said Panapada.
“We still need to be ready to respond to real emergencies at any moment.”
Children 11 and up are welcome at the Haunted House, although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The firehouse is located 625 Orange Center Road. A donation of $5 or more is suggested.