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Looking for the Tri-State’s best Halloween scares and want to support a great cause at the same time? Ironton, Ohio, is the place to be again this fall.


The Ironton Lions Club’s new and improved Haunted Tunnel, located near the U.S. 52 and State Route 93 intersection across from the Ironton Hills Shopping Center, will be open every Friday and Saturdays in October. Doors are open from 7 to 11 each night. The cost is $5 per person. Event dates are Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26.


The civic organization has converted the former State Route 75 highway tunnel into southern Ohio’s one-of-a-kind haunted attraction each October for nearly two decades.


This year, the tunnel has continued to evolve. After thieves vandalized the tunnel in 2011, the Lions Club made a commitment to rebuild the interior, making it better — and scarier — than ever.


As the largest fundraiser for the volunteer group, all proceeds go back into the community through a variety of civic projects and support to other area organizations such as Ironton In Bloom, the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade Committee, the City Mission and others.


One key project, which meets the Lions International focus of working to help those who are vision impaired, is to provide a service dog to someone who couldn’t afford one otherwise. The club has sponsored three dogs in recent years, each at a cost of more than $8,000.


Come support the Ironton Lions Club and enjoy some scares, too.


For more information, contact Mike Caldwell at (740) 532-1441 or Joe Jenkins at (740) 533-0363.


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