By Natalie Zarowny
There's nothing supernatural about having to spend $150 thousand on a new sprinkler system.
But that's just one safety measure the owners of Skellington Manor in Rock Island had to buy in order to make their haunted house ready for the public.
"We are really particular on our safety and we go through a large amount of effort to ensure that the building is safe, patrons are safe," said owner Michael Steen.
Skellington Manor is a banquet hall most of the year.
But when Steen bought the building back in 2009, there was a laundry list of Illinois and Rock Island fire codes he had to follow if he wanted to make the building into a haunted house too.
"Handicapped accessible, ADA ramps, of course alarm systems, fire extinguishers," he listed.
Not to mention sprinklers, and the ever important quickest route out.
The four story building is packed with ghosts, zombies, and other terrifying creatures to fill your nightmares.
But above it all, are those sprinklers, valves, and safety lighting that make the building a vision of safety.
"For any business the last thing you want something to do, it's one thing, if you obviously have to make money to stay abreast of things and keep the bills paid, but safety is number one," said Steen.
Fire codes vary from state to state and even city to city.
So, before you head out to visit a haunted house, contact your local fire department to make sure the attraction is up to code.