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October 19, 2013

Haunted Barn attraction destroyed by fire

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They wrote they would miss the attraction, which they had attended for the past five years.

Last year, 320 people traveled through the barn, led by tour guides, Aubin said.

About 50 of Aubin’s friends would volunteer to act as zombies, dead brides and scary clowns, among other characters.

“It changes every year,” she said of the Halloween props volunteers used to frighten attendees.

“We had a guillotine, we had a drop ceiling, we had a giant birdcage that we built,” she said. “I’ve done several different coffins and mummies.”

The only other item salvaged after the fire, she said, was a piece of artwork hand-painted by a friend.

“It’s a picture of Shanna Davis done very eerily.”

‘HOPE TO REBUILD’

Today, instead of putting on the spooky show, some of Aubin’s friends are going to help her build a small barn for her horses.

On Friday, Ron Marx, owner of Cedar Knoll Log Homes in Plattsburgh, donated all the wood Aubin will need to build the barn, Aubin said.

“It was one of the nicest things anybody has ever done.”

She hopes to have the Hardscrabble Haunted Barn up and running for next year’s Halloween season.

“We’re working with the insurance company now,” Aubin said. “We’re hoping to have everything taken care of.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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