Dark, spooky corridors. Eerie sounds and music. Monsters, goblins, ghosts, werewolves and vampires. All that and more will be waiting to send shivers down the spines of the brave and daring of all ages at The Times-Gazette’s haunted house Thursday evening.
The newspaper is partnering with Buckeye Country 105.5 and the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association to add the haunted house to the annual Boo-Fest event that runs from 5-7 p.m. Thursday on the courthouse square in Hillsboro.
The entrance to The Times-Gazette at 108 Gov. Trimble Place, adjacent to the courthouse, will become a foreboding portal leading into a creepy nether world where shocks and shudders are around every corner.
During this year’s uptown Boo-Fest extravaganza, the thousands of costumed characters who typically invade the courthouse square can enjoy a kid-friendly haunted house that will be fun for older revelers, too. Admission is free.
Times-Gazette employees Sharon Hughes, Tracie Guisinger, Lora Davis, Ann Runyon-Elam and Emberly Rickman have been joined by HUBA members Ann Morris and Amy Robinson to convert The Times-Gazette hallways and Media Room into a haven for the denizens of darkness.
“Boo-Fest has become one of the most popular local events of the year, and we’re excited to be part of it,” said Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor of The Times-Gazette. “I think the haunted house attraction will be a popular addition to the Boo-Fest activities.”
Boo-Fest will run 5-7 p.m. Thursday. During the event, uptown businesses offer a variety of treats to attendees, costumes are judged, prizes awarded, and youngsters have the opportunity to participate in trick-or-treating in a safe and secure environment.