Dayton Hammond knows a thing or two about scaring people.
The Reno-native operates Sinister Dreadford’s Mansion of Lost Souls, a 7,000 square portable haunted house he set up on the property at Maple Lane Farm for folks who want to experience some good-natured Halloween fun that gets their heart racing.
Hammond said he came up with the idea for Sinister Dreadford in 2004 after friends encouraged him to do a haunted house because he and his wife Andrea always went all out for the holiday. At the time they were living in Las Vegas and property rates were too high to buy land for a haunted house, hence the idea for a portable haunted house. He finalized he concept in September 2003 and had it built by August of 2004.
It takes on average about two to three weeks to build and about five days to break down.
While at a convention in Atlanta, Hammond and his wife learned about Pigeon Forge and they moved to East Tennessee with their sons Drake, 5, and Ryan, 3. “People are great here and it’s a better environment than Las Vegas,” he said.
In addition to building the portable haunted house, Hammond also created “Sinister Dreadford” story lines people can follow on his internet website at sinisterdreadford.com.
The haunted house is open on the property at Maple Lane Farm at 7 p.m. nightly through Sunday, Oct. 31. Admission is $11 per person.