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Niles Haunted House opens Friday for 40th year

The Niles Haunted House Scream Park opened Friday for the 40th consecutive year.
Ryan Dorgan
Posted on Sepa. 14, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

For the 40th consecutive year, the Niles Haunted House Scream Park will open its doors to “scare the yell out of you” throughout the Halloween season, and “Death” will be there waiting.

“The scariest part would have to be the unknown,” said Aaron Smith, 23, who portrays “Death” and is in his ninth year of working at the scream park.

“Knowing that although I'm having fun, I'm having a blast scaring people, making them have what we call a “steamer” out at the scream park, I know that it's all benefiting a good cause.

“My hours that I'm out here are going back to the house which in turn revolve and turn into our house scholarship to go off to Niles High School, Brandywine High School, and we have benefits and sorts for that. So knowing that I'm out here isn't just for my fun — it's also benefiting the community,” Smith said. “I love every piece of it. I would live out here if I could.”

The park opened to the public Friday, Sept. 13, and will be open from 8 to 11 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through September. During October, the park will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m, It will finish off its 40th season Halloween weekend, open on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, from 7 to 11 p.m.

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