Lonergan’s Bar in Fethard will once again hold its annual haunted house exhibition with this year proving to be the biggest and best yet.
New additions, including live props, will ensure the spirits won’t just be behind the bar.
“Every year we’ve added something new. With the live props people won’t know where someone is going to come from”, says owner Roseanne Carroll.
Extra rooms have also been added ensuring this year will be prove to be spookier than ever.
As always there is a charity aspect to the Halloween celebrations with proceeds going to the HOPE foundation.
Such is Roseanne’s commitment to the tradition, she’s sourced props and decorations from all around the world including several from the famous Warner Bros studios.
“I’ve bought body parts from the United States, Holland – you name it! I must have spent between €10,000 and €12,000 over the years”.
Roseanne, along with husband John, has held the haunted house for the past nine years at the family’s pub.
The idea originally started when Roseanne would hold Halloween parties for daughter Andrea at home. Since then, the pub has attracted national attention for its hair-raising displays.
“Every year I get people ringing up from all over the countryside and they always come back every year. I’ve had RTE, TV3 and some national newspapers here. Irish TV is also coming in two weeks”.
Despite the hard work, Roseanne admits it always worth it in the end and even has her eye on next year already.
“I’ll start in early summer buying things and getting rooms ready. As soon as this year is over I’ll be looking forward to next year and to Christmas. We’ll have our winter wonderland with Santa again”.
With regards to age restrictions and suitability at the spookey house, Roseanne says that it’s up to each parent to decide.
“It’s at the parent’s discretion. Everyone knows their own child best”.
The haunted house will run until early November and will be open 7:30 to 10:00 pm nightly.
It will close on Sundays.
The Halloween theme continued on Sunday night last with a marvellous fancy dress party.
There was a huge turnout and the costumes were quite remarkable.
And it was all in a good cause with the proceeds going to the Hope charity.
Proprietor John Carroll said he was delighted with the turnout and thanked eveyone for their support.
“It was a super night and all in aid of a good cause”, he said.