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Halloween museum in Bristol closing its doors


A popular Halloween museum in Bristol is closing its doors and the Connecticut fire department  told Eyewitness News what was not in the building is far scarier than witches or ghosts.

The Witch's Dungeon on Battle Street  scared and attracted kids of all ages and from all over the country for more than 40 years. The museum features life-size wax figures of characters and costumes.

Cortlandt Hull, who is the proprietor of Witch's Dungeon, said working has been "passion" and furthers his "love of scary movies."

However, the owners are being forced to move out of state and following Halloween night, they will be a Connecticut legend like many of the creatures inside.

"We've had a problem with the state fire Marshall," Hull said.

The problem, according to the state fire Marshall, is the building needs a sprinkler system, which is a costly renovation. After opening every October for the last 47 years and having an impeccable safety record.

This year, Hull said the classic movie museum is spending more cash than what's coming in.

"It's been a hardship this year because the state fire marshal want us to hire union firemen every night. We are allowed to do this, that's the word 'allowed,'" Hull said. "We are charging $2 and spending $200 a night on these firemen."

The Witch's Dungeon grabbed their brooms and headed to the Dream Factory in Cornwall, NY.

"One of the goals was to have it at least for the 50th anniversary, but with the circumstances we felt we had to ramp it up," Hull said.

Hull went on to say fans of the Witch's Dungeon will follow it wherever it goes. In Cornwall, they plan on building a new space that will allow the horror movie museum to be open all year round.

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