Come prepared to scream.
That's what the Taneytown Jaycees hope you will do when you see a severed head sitting on the table, the malevolent eyes following your every move.
Will you be squeamish when you see the blood-stained body parts left over from somebody building a monster? Or the preserved heads awaiting new bodies?
Feel your heart climb into your throat as you pass through the werewolf room and slide helplessly, then -- gulp! -- the razor-sharp guillotine slashes another piece of neck meat.
It's nightmare time again as you RUN -- don't walk -- through Freddy's Hallway.
Suddenly, a coffin squeaks slowly as you turn, startled and trembling, to face it.
Will you escape alive? Will you be allowed to leave in one piece? Only if you are lucky.
Just when you think it might be safe . . .
This dwelling where such horrific sights are housed should be condemned as a fright zone. Instead, it will probably draw more than 10,000 people to its pitch-black hallways and run from whatever lurks in the shadows. If you are faint of heart or spirit, this is not the place to be.
The Jaycees' Haunted Barn will open at 7:30 tonight for its 17th year of excruciating fun.
For a discounted opening-night price of $1, you can have the complete heebie-jeebies scared out of you.
This 13-room museum of the macabre will be open for 13 nights catering to triskaidekaphobes from all walks of life and beyond. Designated fright nights are today through Saturday this week, plus Oct. 21-23, and 25-31.
The Haunted Barn will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights, and on weekend nights from 7:30 p.m. until the last terrified victim emerges from the depths of the unknown.
These thrills will cost $5, of which 50 cents will be donated to Midwest flood-relief efforts.
Groups of 20 or more can be led into darkness on Oct. 25-27. Call ahead for reservations. Children who come in costume will receive free admission with an adult guardian, plus a pumpkin, and a grab bag Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Haunted Barn is located behind the Country Kitchen Restaurant off Route 140 in Taneytown.
Follow the signs -- if you dare.
On a lighter note, stop at Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ this Saturday for dinner, which will be served from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fried chicken, baked ham, baked potato, green beans, slaw, rolls, applesauce, drink and dessert will be served buffet style in the church hall.
Meals for adults are $7; children younger than age 12 eat for $3.50. Carryouts also will be available, and homemade snacks may be purchased at the bake table.
The church is located at 2950 Old Taneytown Road in Tyrone.
If you are attending the fourth annual Carroll Kennel Club Dog Show at the Ag Center in Westminster on Monday, taste some of the delicious food that members of St. Luke's Lutheran (Winters) Church will be serving.
Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. For $5, you can have one trip down buffet lane to enjoy hot apples, scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, creamed chip beef, biscuits and tomato or orange juice.
Lunch will be served in the same hall from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $7, you may sample the Salisbury steak, ham, mashed potatoes, string beans, corn, pepper slaw, applesauce, brownies, fruit, and iced tea or coffee.
If you decide a sit-down meal will consume too much of your canine appreciation time, St. Luke's also will sponsor a snack stand outside.
In the morning, doughnuts and bagels with cream cheese will be sold.
Later in the day, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue or ham vTC sandwiches, and either chicken corn or crab soup may warm you up while you view the canine judging.
Assorted pastries and pies may be purchased while supplies last. Savor a homemade delight with coffee or a soda.
Some of the proceeds will benefit Midwest flood-relief efforts through the Lutheran Brotherhood and some will be used to purchase a new stove for the church.
The Carroll Kennel Club Dog Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.