John Carter knows scary.
Carter, owner of House of Terror, has been in the haunted-house business since he was 13.
Growing up, he would help build things for haunted houses, and act as well.
“I’ve always liked doing it,” he said. “I enjoy watching people get scared and building awesome things. It’s fun.”
Last year was the first time in years he hadn’t been involved with a haunted house, but it didn’t take long for him to want to get back into the business.
“I missed it,” he said. “I said, ‘I got to do it again.’ I really enjoy it.”
He began searching for the right spot and settled on 308 Holly Lane, where House of Terror is now located.
Work on the haunted house began in February. The haunted attraction features an old house, a barn, a 3-D building and the old Shultz Hill Hospital, he said.
“I went with the theme of each,” he said, noting he drew a blueprint of what he envisioned and worked with an artist. “It was a lot of hard work, but it’s exciting when you see it coming together.”
He had worked on the attraction nearly every day since February, taking time off only for a family vacation, he said.
“Hundreds of hours went into this,” he said.
About 50 to 60 volunteers will help each weekend including actors, make-up artists, special effects and other techncians.
“It’s a big production,” he said. “It takes a lot of creativity on my part and then a lot of talent and dedication from the cast to put it on. I truly have a wonderful cast here.”
The haunted house is open Thursday through Sunday and will be open the entire week of Halloween.