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Frightful venture starts with haunted house in Aurora

Mike Hamann his daughter Paige are getting ready open haunted house built backyard their home 204 S. Glenwood Place Aurora.

Mike Hamann and his daughter Paige are getting ready to open the haunted house built in the backyard of their home at 204 S. Glenwood Place in Aurora. | Submitted

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If you go

What: Hamann family haunted house

When: The project will be scaring again from 7 until 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31, and Nov. 1. On Halloween, a youth-friendly version will be from 5 until 7 p.m.

Where: 204 S. Glenwood Place, Aurora

Cost: Suggested donation is $5 a person.

Updated: October 22, 2013 10:10AM



The Hamanns have proven that the family that builds a haunted house together has fun together.

For six months, Mike Hamann and several of his family members and friends have been planning and working on a haunted house in his yard at 204 S. Glenwood Place in Aurora. The project culminates Friday, Oct. 18, when it opens to the public.

“I have been working on this 13 hours a day for over two months,” a determined Mike Hamann says.

It all started in June when Mike and his sister Paige Hamann attended the Midwest Haunters Convention. They attended seminars on how to make things go bump in the night with the help of lighting, pneumatics and other tricks of the haunted-house trade. They also learned the logistics of keeping the attraction safe with things like exit signs and guide ropes.

Visitors should be prepared to be scared as they wander through mazes, dodge leaping spiders, navigate a whirling vortex, brave a steamy swamp and look out for the guy with the chainsaw.

Brianna, Hamann’s 9-year-old daughter, is happy to be part of the fun.

“My dad made me a cage thing that I can sit in and scare them when they are running away,” she says with ghoulish glee.

Hamann, 30, worked in the construction trade since he was 14. About two years ago, while recovering from a serious injury, he decided he wanted to start his own business. The haunted house also will be the launch of his new company, Interfear Industries, which will specialize in prop production for fright and fun.

For now, the haunting at their house continues the rest of this month.

If you go

What: Hamann family haunted house

When: The project opens for touring Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, and will be scaring again from 7 until 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31, and Nov. 1. On Halloween, a youth-friendly version will be from 5 until 7 p.m.

Where: 204 S. Glenwood Place, Aurora

Cost: Suggested donation is $5 a person.



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