Here is such a story.
The first year the volunteers (all firefighters and their families) built the maze in the Fire House itself and it was a success! People from neighboring towns came and it brought the community together. Scares were had by all and the department got the biggest reward…repair funds. The next year they added a few elements and again, it was great! Every year a little more was added, a few tweaks were made and the Department – and community – benefited from the successful ALL Volunteer
They began to make much needed repairs on the equipment and building. They were able to purchase new tools and offer the town of Trenton and surrounding area a more reliable and efficient Fire Fighting team. Thanks were due to a few determined volunteers that had found a way to “scare up” resources for the local community.
In 2002 Chief Harbin passed away. From the start he’d been a key part of the process, helping build and run the attraction. At his passing Daniel took the mantle of Chief of the department and of Fundraising. Daniel knows that his dad would be proud of the great success of Evil House of Horrors. In 2009 Daniel stepped down as chief, but with the help of Co-manager Michael Counts continued to build on the tradition of haunting & fundraising in Trenton. During the ensuing years the Haunt has become so successful that Valley 2 Volunteer Fire Department now has the opportunity to share with others. In conjunction with the attraction they have hosted food drives during several seasons and now focus their excess funds and energies in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
In addition to the extracurricular charity giving that the V2FD has been lucky enough to do; Harbin & Counts have also managed to set aside enough money to buy a little property with a house. Yes, now the Evil House of Horrors will be set in a true House! This year marks the opening of this EHOH 2.0 and volunteers and guests alike are itching to christen it with screams of terror and shouts of laughter…and maybe even a code yellow or two. ;)
When asked what his favorite part of running this haunt has been firefighter Harbin said he “enjoys every aspect of haunting and the benefits it offers.” Plus he “loves scaring the heck out of people.”
Because of the incredible volunteers that make it happen year after year and the generous and scare-loving folks in Trenton and surrounding towns, Evil House of Horrors proves again and again that community drive, American determination and a giving spirit are still keeping our country amazing.
Daniel Harbin owes so much to his team of haunters and offers up a hearty thank you. He would also like to thank Evil House of Horrors Fans and supporters, “THANK YOU! If it wasn’t for you, none of this would be possible.”
We at DMHR are so excited for Evil House of Horrors' next chapter and wish them the best of luck and many years of happy haunting.