Most days, you’ll see bright red fire engines in the bays at the Edom Volunteer Fire Department. Walk into the bays in October, though, and you’ll find yourself in the Hatchet House of Terror.
Since 2014, the firefighters have hosted the haunted house each year for the community and as a way to raise funds for the department. Treasurer Tammy Wood said she enjoys hosting each year because it gives the department an opportunity to interact with the community in a different way than they usually do.
The crew began putting together the elaborate set at the beginning of September, designing 18 meticulously decorated sets within the haunted house, each with its own theme. One moment you’re in a crazed doctor’s office. A few steps later, you’re in a playhouse with two creepy clowns. And then when you think it's all over, you have to work your way through a maze to get out. Firefighters and other members of the community, such as high school theatre students and football players, dress up in their spookiest attire to fright and delight those who dare to enter.
This year, the Hatchet House of Terror is a stop on the Loop of Fright. The Loop of Fright helps promote local haunted houses and includes the Trail of Darkness at Wills Point, the Warehouse of Terror in Mineola and the Forest of Fear in Tyler. Those who visit haunted houses on the loop can get certificates stamped to receive discounts at other Loop of Fright locations.
The Hatchet House of Terror's final night of the season is from 7 to 10 p.m. Halloween night, with a $10 donation for entry.