By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The former Elks Club building in Etna hardly seems the place for a terrifying descent into the Netherworld. But it is.

This year, the Scarehouse has added a movie theme.

“We’re going to head into our ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ haunt,” says the Scarehouse art director, who goes by the name Macabre Noir.

Scenes are lifted from a film of the same name, directed by Michael Dougherty. The art director has recreated the movie in three dimensions. No glasses needed.

“We’re heading through the woods to the next scene,” she says.

The Scarehouse is listed as one the top Halloween haunts in America. It’s open weekends for six weeks or so, then the work begins, all over again.

“We start in February, and we open today, so it’s a lot of work,” Macabre Noir says. “Now we’re going to make our way into the second film, Krampus, which is coming out this winter.”

Krampus is by the same director, who was impressed by his own visit to the Scarehouse.

There’s even a “snowfall” in the “yard,” and a choice of doors: “Naughty” or “Nice.” Of course, the “Nice” door is locked.

As for our guide, Macabre Noir is just playing a role, right? Wrong.

“I’m getting married on Oct. 31, and I’m actually getting married here,” she says with a smile.

And that’s no movie.

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