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Getting into the spirit

October 25, 2005|by NELL BARBER

Every Halloween since 1978, demons, zombies and ghosts have provided scares for patrons who wander through the old Leitersburg Schoolhouse for the annual Haunted House.

One of the ghosts this year is played by 17-year-old Christopher Brewer.

"This is my fourth year doing the Leitersburg Haunted House," he said.

"My cousin, Gene Snowberger, runs it, and four years ago, he asked me if I wanted to be part of it. It seemed like fun, so I agreed."

Christopher said creating a haunted house is a lot like putting on a stage play - actors wear costumes, makeup and rehearse their parts to get the action right.

And that's all part of the fun.

"I'm not really big on Halloween, but I always look forward to the haunted house. About three weeks before it starts, all of the actors and Gene and I get together to talk about the haunted house," he said. "Gene assigns parts, and we rehearse three nights a week, up until it starts."


Actors love to see the reaction of their audience, and that's no different with actors in a haunted house. In fact, with a haunted house, the audience is basically on stage, walking among the actors.

"It's always fun to see peoples' reactions. And it gets better, the more you get into it," Christopher said. "We sometimes have really little kids, though I don't understand why parents would bring their children here. It's mostly teenagers, and adults under 35."

The Leitersburg Haunted House is a popular place at Halloween. This year, organizers have put together a variety of experiences for attendees.

"(They) come into the big room, and there's a show. After the show, (they) go into a separate hallway, where someone talks to them, and sets them up for the maze," Christopher said. "The maze is pitch black, so it could take anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour. We have zombies, demons, and basically anything that's dead."

Christopher plays something dead in the show before the maze.

"I'm a ghost in the show," he said. "Personally, I don't really believe in ghosts, as much as spirits of sorts - good and bad ones."

If you go ...

WHAT: Leitersburg Haunted House

WHERE: In the old Leitersburg Schoolhouse; take Leitersburg Pike northeast from Hagerstown and watch for signs.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. until the last patron goes through the house.

COST: Admission is $10; proceeds benefit community projects.

CONTACT: Call 301-766-0039.

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