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Ken prepares chilling welcome at his house of horrors

HALLOWEEN is creeping up -- and Killiney's famous house of horrors is once again stirring with ghoulish ghosts and sinister souls.

It has become an annual tradition in the south Co Dublin home of Ken Carraher -- and thousands of fans will be turning up to see it over the weekend.

The 51-year-old's Halloween house of horrors has returned for its 12th year, and Ken has upped the fear factor for this year's freaky festivities.

"We've been working on it since September, I've put in four hours every night after work and every weekend in the run-up to make it all perfect," said Ken, who takes his two-week "summer holidays" in October to transform his suburban home.

"If it wasn't for the local kids I wouldn't be able to do it, it really is a community affair, everyone has a job.

"Yes, it's a lot of work, but I do it because everyone really enjoys it -- it's clean, innocent fun and we all have a laugh," he told the Herald.


"I've spent €4,000 this year with preparations -- it's a hefty amount but it's not half as much as I used to spend -- people just don't have the money anymore," said Ken, who in the past has forked out up to €10,000 on the event.

The latest additions to Ken's collection include a Resurrection Mary, a Floating Ghost and a John Doe that rises from the dead. Ken has also splashed out on a whopping animated zombie and a thunder and lightning machine.

Ken will meanwhile pose as "a friendly Dracula" and will be armed with 2,000 bags of donated sweets for callers.

Along with his helpers -- wife Gail (42) and daughter Aoife (14) -- Ken will welcome more than 2,000 trick-or-treaters over the next three days as they arrive in droves for the scarefest, which is expected to raise €3,000 in aid of Debra Ireland.

The house is open for business today and will run until Halloween night on Monday.