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Callie On The Job: The Hauntings at Chittyville

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Halloween is the perfect time to visit a haunted house. News 3's Callie Carroll takes a closer look at what goes on behind the scenes at The Hauntings at Chittyville in this week's Callie on the Job.\

For most people Halloween comes one day a year, but for Sammie King and his family they are in the Haunting business year round. Sammie is the owner of The Hauntings at Chittyville. What was once a school is now a popular haunted house.

"I went to school here so it's a really neat thing that the building is still here, it's surviving. More than surviving, it has a name for it. Chittyville everybody knows where Chittyville is now," said King.

Creating frightening fun at this school made perfect sense. Legend has it this school was built where a cemetery once stood.

"Certain areas just have that creepy feeling on it. You get a breeze up against your leg, you don't know where it came from because you're in a room with four walls and there shouldn't be a breeze there. When you're in one area and you hear noises from other sections of the building, you hear foot steps, I hear voices," King said.

Even though the school is creepy on its own a lot of work goes into making the Hauntings at Chittyville scarier each year. Sammie goes to a conference each year to find the newest trends in the spooking business.

Some of the sections at the haunted house are completely torn down and rebuilt each year. 

One of the biggest jobs at Chittyville is the actual scaring. There are around 40 actors in the school each night it's open. 

"It's one thing to walk through and get scared, but to be behind the scenes and see the reaction when you made them do it," King said.

Some of the actors are put in masks for scaring, but others wear makeup. The makeup artists use special techniques to create gory effects on the actors.

For more information about Chittyville visit their website.

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