Friday, October 16, 2015

Ghosts and goblins take over haunted depot

(Originally published in the 10/16/15 edition of the Herald)

   For most of the year, the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot at the end of First Street is a regular historical building. However, for the next few weeks, it will become a spooky gathering for ghouls and ghosts.
   The Haunted Depot began in 2008 and has become a tradition ever since. People who enter the depot will encounter all kinds of scary beings, including a witch donated by Camellia Tea Room, ghouls and goblins put together by St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School, and spooky music.
   However, the Haunted Depot isn’t just a place to scare kids silly. Visitors who donate a canned item at the door will receive a reduced admission, and the cans will be donated through Benicia Community Action Council.
   “Last year, we had just over a thousand people,” Nancy Martinez, the executive director of Benicia Main Street said. “We’re hoping to get more because we always want to beat the year before. More people means more donations for the Benicia Community Action Council.”

   The Haunted Depot will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays for every weekend until Halloween. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 6. However, for families who donate canned goods, the admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 6. 

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