In less than 10 days, ghosts and goblins, witches and wizards will be wandering through the streets for Halloween. This coming weekend, many of them will be scaring visitors at the Chiller Haunted House in Cortland. Our Katie Gibas takes us inside the longest running haunted house in the city.
CORTLAND, N.Y. --Jim Coon loves Halloween. When he was a kid, he worked at a haunted house in Cortland, but it closed when he was 17.
That's when he decided to start his own.
"We just started in my parents garage and we just had a really small walk through," said Jim Coon, the Youth Bureau Haunted House Director
That was 30 years ago. Now, the Chiller Haunted House is the longest running haunted house in Cortland.
"I wouldn't have ever dreamed I'd make it to 30 years. When we were getting close to 25, I told my wife let's get to 25 and then we'll see. We'll see if we do anymore. Then we got to 25. And it was like well, let's see if we can get to 30," said Coon.
It's been given the unofficial title of "Cortland’s Scariest Little Haunted House." But there are family-friendly tours too.
"At the end of the night when people leave and they're laughing, and 'boy that was really scary.' That makes it worth it," said Coon.
One of the best parts about the haunted house is that entrance for adults is just $1. And kids 12 and under are free.
"With the economy the way it is, what's the point in doing all this work if no one is going to see it. If no one can afford it, what's the point," said Coon.
Coon says he hopes to provide tricks and treats for years to come.
The haunted house runs this coming Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Cortland's Suggett Park.