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Joy Adams was in an abandoned cabin —alone — in Ferncliff when she heard a succession of knocks on the wall.

Adams and her husband Andy Reiner moved to the ghost town nestled in Allenspark in April and believe it may be alive with ghosts. When they moved, their first thought was, “Man, this would make a great haunted house.”

Six months later, the couple, both musicians, are preparing for Haunted Ferncliff — not a haunted house, but rather a haunted walking tour of the town. The event will take advantage of the already spooky buildings and eerie vibe the small town has to offer.

“This town is creepy. It’s been abandoned for a long time,” Adams said. “We don’t have to do a lot to make the town look scary.”

Profits from the event will go to Allenspark Fire Department as a donation for their nonstop work.

“The world seems pretty divided right now,” Reiner said. “We thought about doing something fun that could bring people together and create community. And if there’s things we know people can agree with, it’s the fire department and Halloween.”

A couple who is organizing Haunted Ferncliff said the outdoor event will follow all public health orders. (Andy Reiner / Courtesy photo)

While the couple was tight-lipped on specifics of the event, Adams did say some firefighters are volunteering as scare actors.

Reiner said many traditional haunted houses are closed or limited this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and he saw the opportunity to fill that gap. The outdoor event will follow all public health orders, he said.

“Halloween is actually the perfect COVID holiday because of masks,” Reiner said. “Everyone will be wearing COVID masks under their scary masks. … If everyone’s wearing masks, it’s as safe as going to the grocery store.”

The walking tour will showcase what Reiner believes are the scariest and most haunted spots in town. It will be run by a group of volunteers with largely homemade props, though Reiner did purchase a 12-foot skeleton.

“People want an escape from reality right now,” he said. “Reality is pretty intense. This is about the furthest thing away you can get.”

While he described Ferncliff as “one curve in the road, another curve in the road and then it’s over,” Reiner said he thinks the town coming back to life economically has also made it spookier.

The ghost town was for sale for more than a decade until the current owner bought it. Since then, Reiner said a gas station, liquor store and laundromat have opened.

Reiner said he chose to donate profits to Allenspark Fire Department in an attempt to bring people together.

“Given that we’ve got fires burning, no matter what else you believe in, we can all believe in (firefighters,)” he said. “A lot of their firefighters are volunteers, and they are low on funding.”

Reiner hopes the event raises $2,000.

The event is still planned for the weekend pending road access and wildfire behavior.

There is one show scheduled Friday and four shows scheduled Saturday. Prices range from $20 to $30 per person.

Reiner said rain dates are scheduled Nov. 13 and 14.

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