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Ironton's Haunted Tunnel to open next weekend for season

Oct. 02, 2011 @ 02:27 PM

IRONTON — Looking for the Tri-State's best Halloween frights and want to support a great cause at the same time? Ironton is the place to be again this fall.

The Ironton Lions Club's new and improved Haunted Tunnel, located near the U.S. 52 and State Route 93 intersection across from the Ironton Hills Shopping Center, will be open most Fridays and Saturdays in October. Doors are open from 7 to 11 p.m. each night. The cost is $5 per person. Event dates are Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29.

The civic organization has converted the former State Route 75 highway tunnel into a one-of-a-kind haunted attraction each October for nearly two decades.

This year, the tunnel will have a new look. After thieves vandalized the tunnel this year, the Lions Club made a committment to rebuild the interior, making it better —  and scarier  —  than ever.

As the largest fundraiser for the volunteer group, all proceeds go back into the community through a variety of civic projects and support to other area organizations such as Ironton In Bloom, the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade Committee, the City Mission and others.

One key project, which meets the Lions International focus of working to help those who are vision impaired, is to provide a service dog to someone who couldn't afford one otherwise. The club has sponsored three dogs in recent years, each at a cost of more than $8,000.

Come support the Ironton Lions Club and enjoy some scares, too.

For more information, contact Mike Caldwell at 740-532-1441 or Joe Jenkins
at 740-533-0363.

Read about tons more cool October hauntings and Spooktacular good times in The Herald-Dispatch’s 20-page pull-out section, Weekend, on Thursday, Oct. 6.