SAN ANTONIO -- For more than 20 years the Nightmare on Grayson has scared the bejebus out of kids and grownups alike. It’s been labeled by thousands as an institution for haunted houses in San Antonio.
But the dream of running - and running through - the haunted house is coming to an end.
On Friday Nightmare on Grayson kicked off its final season of fright.
Operations Manager Gordon Wise says it has been a great 24-year run for the house.
"Actually the owner has been doing haunted houses for 25 years and he started with Nightmare on 5th street in Austin," Wise claified.
At its start, there were about thirty employees. Now there are about 100. But they don’t consider themselves employees – especially since most of them volunteer to dress-up and scare.
"We've had the last couple of years have been a little bit down in attendance. The economy has been a little bit down and people are spending less," says Wise. "The neighborhood around us is growing leaps and bounds. If you would have stepped out on Grayson Street ten years ago... there would have been nothing there," adds Wise.
Those reasons, according to Wise, made running Nightmare a nightmare.
Wise adds there is a “one in a million chance” Nightmare could return, but most likely it won't happen.