GAINESVILLE, Tex. (KXII) - The Haunted House on Nila Drive in Gainesville is a tradition for hundreds of local thrill seekers.
The Haunted House on Nila in 2016.
"My favorite part is the graveyard because there's bones everywhere," said Kenyon Turner, who lives in the neighborhood.
Wendy Turner has been helping build the haunted house every year. It's held at her mother's home, and this year, they've been working on it since September. But on Saturday, a scary surprise hit the haunted house-- and it's not the kind they planned.
"We had it almost completely done and the storm last night took the big tent in front of the house," Turner said. "It knocked it up on the roof."
Wind gusts hit over 47 miles per hour Saturday, which knocked down the tents and some decorations.
"The tent completely caved in last night," Turner said.
This is the haunted house's tenth anniversary. Last year, they had 758 people come through the attraction.
"We wanna make it bigger and better," Turner said.
And with only a nine day countdown until Halloween, family and friends are now kicking cleanup into overdrive to pull it off in time.
"Its gonna take some work," Turner said.
The house is open from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. It's free for kids and $1 for adults. It's held on Nila Drive in Gainesville.
If you want to donate to help with cleanup, the link to the Haunted House on Nila Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Nanahome1504/