Volunteers Needed for Umatilla Haunted House

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Witches, zombies, ghouls and ghosts are on tap for the fourth annual Umatilla Lions Club Haunted House this month, and volunteer spooks are encouraged to lend a hand.

The haunted house will run Oct. 25-26 this year at the McNary Fire Station. The lights go off and the doors open at 6 p.m. each night, and the final guests will be allowed through at 9 p.m.

Admission is $2 for teens and adults and $1 for children.

“Each room is going to be a little bit different,” Lions representative Cathy Putnam said. “We have a witches’ room, a cemetery, a mad scientist. This year we are doing an Egyptian mummy room, and of course we’ll have our cornstalks and probably a haunted forest.”

While adults and older siblings can take the terrifying tour, toddlers and children through first grade can visit the children’s room for games and activities. Admission to the children’s room is $1.

“We will have more activities in the main room where we have the small children this year, more to do and lots of prizes,” Putnam said. “The children’s room is for little ones. Depending on how brave they are, we don’t recommend anyone under 4 or 5 go through the haunted house unless they’re really advanced.”

Both the children’s room and the haunted house itself are organized and staffed by volunteers, and Putnam said the Lions are looking for volunteers behind the scenes and at center stage.

“We are looking for volunteers to help with setup, to run the various sections, and we really are looking for people to dress up and be part of the rooms. We need zombies, mummies, witches – any Halloween costume,” she said. “Any volunteer, whether it be one hour or 10 hours, we would be happy to have the help. Anything anybody can give would be more than helpful.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Putnam at Carlson’s Umatilla Drug, 541-922-3281, for more information.

The club will also be hosting a set-up party for the Haunted House on Oct. 19.