Its no trick - the Town of Tonawanda is shutting down a haunted house and that's no treat for Halloween lovers this October.
For 15 years, the Deck family has been scaring neighbors and trick-or-treaters at their annual haunted house. But this year, the boogey man turned out to be code enforcement. "When I came home from work, they posted a No Entry sign over my sign, that no one's allowed to use it," said homeowner Paul Deck.
The town posted a "Unsafe Structure" notice, which states that no one is allowed to go inside. "They want me change all my displays to the outside so people could just walk around it," said Deck.
Deck designed this house of ghouls and ghosts with his three boys. They spent over 40 hours constructing it to be like a maze inside and he says its too late to rebuild the whole thing.
"Its approximately 1200 square feet. Its built with over 300 2x4s, 400 feet of plastic. Its got between 12-15 displays. Its got everything from Freddy, to Jason, to Hannibal Lector," he said.
Deck's neighbors are disappointed. This haunted house is something they look forward to every Halloween. "I think it's a shame. The kids are really disappointed. Every year he does a great thing for the kids, they love to come, they love it, come in twice sometimes if they can," said neighbor Scott Hummel.
"Obviously somebody complained and they came and shut it down," said neighbor Phyllis Vogt.
Some kids even posted these signs thanking the Deck family and asking them to fight for fright night. Paul Deck says he will try to make it happen. "I'm working for them. Trust me, I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to give up. And I want to see all your faces on Halloween here," he said.
Deck says code enforcement's biggest problem with the haunted house is the hanging plastic because its flammable. So he's going to take that down and see if he can get the town's permission to at least be open for Halloween night. Normally he opens his haunted house up for free every night for two weeks up through the holiday.
Channel 7 was not able to get in touch with the Town of Tonawanda's Code Enforcement Department tonight about the Deck's haunted house.