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By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

The Imperial Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel put the finishing touches on the ever-popular Haunted Houses this week. It opened Wednesday night and will admit the public through Friday night.
The Haunted House, located in the city gymnasium, is open from 7-10 p.m. each night. If anyone wants to take children through during the day, they may call Deb Hayes at (308) 882-5173.
There are several new “attractions” this year, but Hayes declined to name them so as to increase the surprise at night.
About eight EMTs spent over a week setting up the Haunted House, with about 15 EMTs manning the event at night.
The cost of admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 5-12, and $2 for children under age four. If a canned good is brought, $1 is taken off the admission price.
Proceeds benefit the EMT scholarship fund.
Other Halloween fun
Today (Thursday) the Imperial Chamber of Commerce is celebrating with Popcorn Day. Businesses are handing out free popcorn all day, and many will be providing treats for trick-or-treaters after school.
Earlier Thursday at 2 p.m. pre-K-6 students will be involved in the annual costume parade at the school. The public is invited.