They call it “The Nightmare on Third Street” but children and teens flocked to it on Halloween.
Over the years Paul Matheny says it has grown into the whole neighborhood helping out, getting into the spirit.
It started as a costume party for his son Paul Jr.’s birthday, which is Oct. 30, but it’s grown to involve the entire community.
There is an elaborate and scary maze and haunted house built in the Matheny’s back yard and this year there were over 20 actors in costume to scare and give out candy.
First he takes his actors out for supper to McDonald’s, then they head back to the house located at the corner of Third Street and 10th Avenue. Matheny has collected a number of costumes through the years - some he’s even sewn himself, he says. Everyone gets a costume. He even hands them out to trick or treaters who don’t have a costume to wear, if they need one. All he asks is they bring it back so they can use it again next year.
Everything from the plywood panels of the maze and haunted house, which is different every year, to the decorations, costumes and several buckets of candy cost over $6,000 so this year they decided to charge admission. “We figured that might cut down on the number of kids that came this year, but it didn’t seem to,” Matheny said.
They still saw over 500 go through. This year only two children had to leave because they were so scared, but no one got hurt - that is the main thing, according to Matheny.