North Augusta haunted house overcoming safety fears

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

North Augusta, S.C. (WRDW) - Welcome, welcome to the House of Terror.

"New location, new name and an awesome haunted house," said John Carter, owner and operator of the House of Terror.

It's the new place where he comes to scare. He's a 20 year veteran in the scream business.

"I've done my homework, I've been doing this a long time," he said.

Remember Plantation Blood in Richmond County? He was owner and operator until a few years ago.

That's when he decided to make a move to Aiken county.

"They're stewing over the Jackson project right now, now they got a great haunted house," said Carter.

Morgues and cemeteries, insane asylums and slaughter houses. Scary for Sydney Godwin who works with the House of Terror.

"We went through and looked at everything, it's not like anything I've ever seen before," she said.

When she comes to a haunted house, she's usually the one getting scared. For the next month, she'll be doing the scaring.

"Late hours, just trying to scare people," she said to News 12's Patrick Price. "It's different and I think John really put everything he could into it because he loves this place and he loves what he does."

And this scary dream almost didn't become reality. With all the other expenses, Carter was also focusing on safety of the venue, keeping everything here up to code.

"I've put a fire suppression system in, they made us put all hand fire extinguishers," he said.

And it came at a cost. Although he doesn't want to discuss the numbers, he says safety is the number one priority.

"I think I've got one of the safest haunted houses in the whole CSRA, better yet the whole southeast," he said.

A reason for he and his workers to be excited for tomorrows opening.

"There's nothing like this that's been over here," said Carter.