Come Halloween night, there will be more than just cars inside the garage at 2513 N.E. First Terrace in Blue Springs.

Come Halloween night, there will be more than just cars inside the garage at 2513 N.E. First Terrace in Blue Springs.


That’s when the nondescript house on a dead-end street in a quiet subdivision goes berserk with images and sounds straight out of a horror film. It’s called the Roanoke Manor Haunted House, and while it’s relatively short by haunted house standards – the five to 10-minute journey through a maze inside a three-car garage is fierce and fantastic.


“It’s gotten pretty popular, mostly by word of mouth,” Kyle Worthington, one of the creators of the haunted house, said Tuesday night. “People tell other people, ‘You gotta go see this.’ We’re happy with it.”


This Saturday night will be the sixth year the free haunted house will be open to the public. Worthington, who lives in Kansas City, uses his parents’ house/garage as the site where he and friends and family exercise their intense love of Halloween.


“Where I live in Kansas City, it’s an older community, not a lot of trick-or-treaters,” he said. “It’s pretty disheartening to set up some stuff and pass out candy to the three or four people who show up.”


So he asked his parents if he could use their garage to create what he believes is a modest but pretty scary Halloween experience, filled with classic horror film villains and classic horror set scenarios that are simple one minute – and complex the next.


“Halloween is my Christmas,” he said. “I went out trick-or-treating until I was nearly 13. Everyone who knows me knows this is my favorite holiday.”


There’s no telling how much money or time Worthington has spent at 2513 N.E. First Terrace. Accompanied by his brother-in-law, Dan Marsh, the two have put together a maze of pitch black tunnels and fluorescent lights; of cackling and screaming witches and zombies. There is a bridge and swamp, a boiler room, a coffin, and bloody sheets. Low-lying fog.


When they first started, the haunted house was modest, but over the years, they have spent the time in design and the money on supplies that, in the end, offers the public a chance to see some pretty surprising, and some pretty grisly images. For all the fright, though, he said younger kids can go through – but actors won’t tone it down.


Worthington said there will be actors inside the maze – and outside the garage, mingling with the crowd. When it opens at 6 p.m. Saturday, Worthington estimates there will be people 50 deep waiting to get inside. First, though, they must pass through an inflatable haunted house. There are group limits, Worthington said, because too many people going through at one time can be difficult on props and spoil surprises.


“We’ve learned our lesson with the props a couple of times,” he said. “A girl gets scared and jumps back and bumps into something.”


To amass the equipment and supplies, Worthington and others camp out at local Halloween stores on Nov. 1. It’s the only way they can stock up for next year. In some cases, they go to stores going out of business and buy what they can and as much as they can. Last year they purchased 39 yards of black fabric to complete what he and Marsh agree was the most challenging part of the haunted house this year.


But we’re not telling.


For the most part, his parents, Jim and Leslie, are good sports. They help out where they can (sewing fabric and playing monsters). And yet, Worthington can’t seem to convince them to allow the haunted house to come inside out of the garage.


“Mmm, they’re concerned about the muddy footprints, stuff like that.”


He’s considered expanding it into the backyard, but weather is a concern. Ideally, he would love to find an abandoned building in Blue Springs and put the haunted house there.


“That would be great if someone said, go ahead, take the building for the month of October, do what you want,” he said. “This will work for now, though.”