Ringgold's widely popular Haunted Depot event gets an extra touch of creepy for its 11th year as the annual haunted house will open on Friday the 13th.

The annual event, which plays to big crowds during the final three weekends of Oct. each year will see a variety of updated rooms, props, and scares this Halloween season.

"This year there will be all new props with the exception of one room that will return from last year," said Parks and Recreation director Stephen Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks and his crew began working on the transformation of the Depot on Sept. 24 in time to have it ready by Oct. 13.

In addition to the haunted house inside the Depot, the event also offers side attractions like the Historic Ghost Tours, a hayride, and a bonfire.

Convention and Visitor's Bureau Chairman Ronal Graham coordinates the volunteer efforts for the event each year, and says there area opportunities still available for anyone wanting to get involved with the annual spookfest.

"We still have some volunteer positions available," Graham said. "If anyone would like to be a Ghost Tour narrator or driver, they can contact us."

Admission to the event costs $10 per person for the Haunted Depot, $7 for the Ghost Tour, and $3 for the Hayride and Bonfire.

The event is put on by the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and all funds help the DDA in making improvements throughout the community.

Anyone seeking more information about volunteering, or the event in general can call 706-935-3061, or visit the city's website, www.cityofringgoldga.gov.

Ringgold Haunted Depot

When: Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28.

Address: 155 Depot Street, Ringgold, Ga. 30736.

Cost: $10 for Haunted Depot, $7 for the Ghost Tour, and $3 for the Hayride & Bonfire.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.