That’s why neighbors in Bristol are flocking to a handcrafted haunted house that’s grown into a big attraction.
Philip Rokosa, a 20-year-old student at Central Connecticut State University studying mechanical engineering, created the spine-tingling haunted house with a friend.
Last year they started out in the family garage, but this year it grew into something more gruesome.
“This year we went bigger, and next year we hope to go bigger even more,” said Rokosa.
The haunted house is located on Falls Brook Road in Bristol.
Weaving your way through the attraction takes a couple of minutes, and along the way you’ll run into creatures that look all too real. That’s because the local haunt has attracted the neighborhood.
“We have a couple of neighbors working with us every night,” said Jon Taylor, who helped build the structure. “They’re handling money, actors, scaring people.”
Work on the house started Labor Day Weekend and hasn’t stopped since.
The props used in the house were purchased, donated or created by Rokosa himself.
“I’ve built about half of the props in here from hand,” he said. “Extra wood laying around, extra stuff, it obviously turned into an extreme hobby.”
It’s a hobby that brings scares and smiles to people.
“Just seeing everybody laugh, get scared, it’s an enjoyment for me,” said Rokosa.
He is taking donations. All the money will go to the Boston Children’s Hospital and a local breast cancer charity.
Rokosa hopes that next year he can move the haunted attraction to a field or building. That’s why he’s hoping that someone who has some land or a structure to spare wouldn’t mind lending it for the holiday.