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Ghouls and Goblins Haunt Orange Firehouse For Second Year

October 26, 2023
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Orange firefighters, Orange Players entertain local kids for Halloween

Orange firefighters are again using their firehouse to tell a Halloween ghost story, but this year the Orange Players will deliver mutual aid, adding to the frightening fun.

For the second year, members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department, with the help of some friends, will welcome kids over 11 into their station, where ghosts, ghouls, goblins and others will set up camp from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 27 and 28.  Firefighters will be joined by the actors and actresses from the Orange Players to bring the frights to a new level.

“We’re very excited to welcome the Orange Players into our firehouse for our Haunted House spectacular,” said Dag Anderson, firefighter and co-chair of the program.  “After the resounding success of last year’s event, we wanted to gear up for an even spookier experience.  The Orange Players will certainly help us do that!”

Those who dare to enter the haunted firehouse on Orange Center Road can look forward to exploring sinister corridors, prowling past bone-chilling characters and experiencing some scary moments.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a fall event without some apple cider donuts.

“We are thrilled to bring back the Haunted House for the second year,” said Rob Panapada, firefighter and co-chair of the event.  “We’ve embraced the spirit of Halloween while providing some fun for the community.”

Firefighters, with help from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Orange Youth Services and the Orange Players, have been decorating the firehouse appropriately and preparing an experience that is immersive and fun.

“Collaborating with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is a fantastic opportunity to provide an unforgettable experience,” said Cyndi Consoli, president of the Orange Players.  “We are looking forward to delivering a night of spine-tingling terror.”

Meanwhile, of course, Orange firefighters remain ready to respond to any emergencies in town.

“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.

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