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Scare lair steps up the thrills in Altamont

"It's a great idea to have the people performing while you're waiting in line so that you're not just waiting," he said.

Jason Jaden, a local artist, has his own exhibit at Ultimate Terrors featuring his unique collection of "Monster Art." Jaden built the facade of his favorite Ultimate Terrors attraction, Skull Manor.

He said has been a huge fan of Halloween since he was young. This is his first year with Ultimate Terrors.

"I love Halloween; it's my biggest passion so I get really excited and really into it," Jaden said. "I'm totally taken aback by this event, and I think the houses themselves are horrifying."

Ultimate Terrors is Were's 27th project. She started building haunted houses for charity after her husband's death 11 years ago, working with organizations such as DARE and People to People. She said Ultimate Terrors is her first for-profit project, although part of the proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, a decision made by Maybee, who's has been involved with the organization since his daughter's heart surgery.

Maybee still continues his work as a project manger while conducting the Ultimate Terrors business on the side. Although it is hard work, he said it is more of a hobby for him than anything else.

"This year we think it's the scariest attraction around," he said. "We are the best build-and-tear-down haunt in the U.S. I've seen a lot of them."

Ultimate Terrors will run through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights throughout October. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth. Tickets for those 11 and older cost $21; $16, for ages 6 to 10; and free for 5 and younger.

For information, visit www.ultimateterrors.com.""

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