Haunted Empire To Remain Closed

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 2, 2007 at 7:21 PM EDT

Lining up for a fright is a Halloween tradition.

But, the Town of Maine says the safety of one haunted house is scarier.

And, won't be opening this year to spook anyone.

Thrill seekers won't be knocking on this Church Street home this Halloween.

The Town of Maine says the Haunted Empire isn't scary, it's a safety hazard.

Kyle Kelly says it's his livelihood.

"It's easy to have pity for myself. I feel bad for the sponsors involved. The volunteers who work it. Because they look forward to this every year, and just for the general public. You look at the past two years combined, you combine the numbers and it's almost 5-thousand people who have come through," says Kelly.

This would be the haunted house's 3rd year.

But town code enforcer Michael Dovko says the entire building wouldn't meet safety standards if inspected.

"I want to see if there's rats running around down there, I don't know what's down there. It's not very clean now," says Dovko.

We took our cameras inside to take a look.

The owners of the property are calling it a possible witch hunt.

But unless the Town of Maine budges there will be no witches walking through this haunted house come halloween.

The first floor of the building, where the haunted house operates, passed inspection the last 2 years.

Kevin Lyons owns the home, and isn't sure why this year's inspection should be any different.

"They didn't do an inspection on the basement, they didn't do an inspection on the 2nd floor, they didn't do an inspection on the roof, or any of this that they are requiring at this time," says Lyons.

For now, ghosts of the Haunted Empire's past will be his only visitors.

Haunted Empire was set to open this Friday.

It expected 3 to 4-thousand visitors this season.

The Town of Maine says it would move forward with an inspection, if it's allowed to check the entire building

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