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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s the first day of fall and people are starting to think about scaring up some Halloween fun. Scarehouse is one of this area’s most popular haunted attractions and it’s getting ready to open its doors for the spooky season.

This year though, you’ll find some hauntingly familiar scenes behind those doors.

From the outside, it’s just the old Elks building in Etna, but inside, it’s one of the top haunted houses in the country.

“You come here in February. You see the power tools, you’re going to see us building,” said Scott Simmons, of Scarehouse. “That’s how this is able to become this huge thing.”

Scarehouse grows every year, but a new addition has a familiar theme.

“Most of the crew who works here are Pittsburgh natives,” Simmons said. “We all love zombies. We all wanted to pay tribute to our zombie legacy, but also pay tribute to Pittsburgh as well.”

Simmons says Primanti’s actually had full involvement in making one part of the haunted house happen. It’s part of Scarehouse that’s been in the works since last year.

Through the halls of a zombie lab, thrill seekers will get their fill of some familiar Pittsburgh sights. It’s all part of keeping it fresh!

“Even last week, we suddenly had new ideas for zombies. Someone said we need a tailgating zombie. So the nice thing is that it’s easy to do, you just go to the Strip District,” added Simmons. “A lot of our props come from the Strip Sistrict, from local businesses and things.”

With the doors ready to open for another year, Simmons says he’s ready.

“It’s like a checklist,” he says. “Did we get a clown? Did we do zombie apocalypse? And sort of delivering that to them, so it’s fun to be evil.”

Scarehouse opens today at 7 p.m., and is open every weekend until Halloween. It’ll also be open almost nightly during the two weeks before Halloween.

It’s located in the former Elks Lodge on Locust Street in Etna.

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