NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s opening weekend for the highly anticipated haunted house at 870 Lee Avenue.
Local construction company owners and Halloween enthusiasts Alisha and Kyle King are hosting a haunted house in North Tonawanda. This is their 4th time hosting this, all to benefit the Niagara County SPCA.
The King family has been working hard to prepare the community for a fright-filled weekend.
"I was in the haunted attraction industry back years and years ago, and I just loved doing it so I continued to do it at my own house when I was able to," said Kyle.
"Our kids love it, they each have a room in the haunted house. They get dressed up and it's really fun for everyone - my family and everyone else's family," said Alishaa.
This year's set up is completely different from last year's, so each experience here is unique. There are animatronics and gore inspired by classic horror films and television.
The King family thought they wouldn’t be able to have the haunted house this year because of the pandemic.
"We basically thought we were out. But then when Cuomo released his guidelines, that haunted houses can open, we reached out to the health department, we reached out to the city to make sure it was alright and we were cleared to go," said Kyle.
The King family said they will be following all New York State guidelines.
Everyone will be required to wear masks. Volunteers will be temperature-checked before working each night and everyone will stand six feet apart in line.
Their neighbors offered to help them maintain safety guidelines.
"If we do get overcrowded down here, we have a neighbor at the far corner that actually has a huge lot that's going to take some people down there and basically have them wait there," said Kyle.
The haunted house on Lee Avenue is open from 6:30 to 10 Friday night, and 6:30 to 9:30 Saturday and Sunday - and every weekend until Halloween.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The King Family will also host a "Lights On" day, where kids can come through the haunt with the lights on and meet the actors from 4:30 to 6:30 on Oct. 25.