Clad in black hooded robes with their skeletal fingers poking out of the sleeves, the eerie figures arrived at the Haunted Schoolhouse Friday afternoon in a limousine.
A blood-spattered lunch lady, masked madman and grisly butcher went along for the ride.
Their arrival prompted shrieks of excitement from children waiting in line to enter the haunted house at the former Moore School.
The first weekend was a success, said Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper. Organizers hope this weekend will be even better.
“We had probably 700 people go through over the weekend,” Tupper said. “We didn’t scare anybody too, too bad, I don’t think. We had a couple of people bail out, but I don’t think we sent anyone home with nightmares.”
The haunted house, which is sponsored by the Fire Department and the Senator Hale Hose Company, will be open Friday through Monday, Oct. 28-31. The children’s hour is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $4 for children and $6 for adults. The thrills intensify during the teenage and adult hours from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Admission is $8.
All proceeds benefit the 50th Annual Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention to be held in Ellsworth in September 2013.