LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Monday night, Louisville transformed into a land of terror for Halloween.

From homemade spooky spectacles to professional haunted attractions, the scare business is big business. One interactive fright experience that brings in around 15,000 people each year.

The haunted hotel off Fourth Street near the University of Louisville campus is the oldest haunted experience in the state. Crews started building right around Derby season, and all the hard work paid off Monday in a terrifying way.

Nearly 50 trained actors make up the cast of the haunted hotel, and they don't break character. For 10 weeks in the fall, the haunted hotel leaves it's doors open. If you dare to enter, it takes $25 and a little courage to be physically frightened. 

"It is very extreme," owner Kevin Stich said. "We will touch you, we will push you up against a wall. We may grab hair." 

The haunted hotel has been open since 1991, but Bill Ottman has been transforming his Louisville front lawn for more than three decades.

"I don't have time for a costume," Ottman said.

His free attraction off Frankfort Avenue in Crescent Hill is about to come down because Ottman already has his sights set on another holiday.

"Tomorrow I'll start taking this down, and I'll start on Christmas," he said. 

Across the river in Jeffersonville, a throwback-styled free homemade haunted house was started by three friends. For nearly twenty years, the bone chilling tour has brought people from all walks of life ... including the afterlife.

"Something grabbed my ankle for sure!" one participant exclaimed.

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