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Former Ohio state hospital won’t be haunted house

September 29, 2014

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — A crumbling former state mental institution in northeast Ohio won’t be used as a haunted house as planned this Halloween because it’s not safe for the public.

A company had petitioned city leaders in Massillon (MAS’-ih-luhn) for use of McKinley Hall’s auditorium for a commercial haunted house this fall. But The (Massillon) Independent (http://bit.ly/1vqNmZS ) reports that the city has ruled that the imposing structure is not safe.

City Safety-Service Director Al Hennon says the effort fell through mainly because the production company didn’t follow through with a schedule to fix up the hospital’s auditorium.

McKinley Hall, which opened in 1898, was the one of the first state hospitals in the United States. Many believe the now-empty building to be haunted.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.indeonline.com

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