Dublin electrician turns house into Halloween House of Horrors for charity

A Dublin electrician said adults and children from the community are vital to turning his house into a haunted house every year.

For years, Ken Carraher has filled his Killiney home with ghosts, goblins and monsters for Halloween in aid of charity.

But he is not a fan of being afraid himself.

Mr Carraher said: “I love doing that, but scary movies or anything – no. Never watch horror movies – you're petrified. I saw it once and that was it.

“The darkness – petrified of it, no, it's not me. When I go for a walk, say, at night near the estate, there would be at least two torches in the dark, at least. And I wouldn't even do it myself.”

He said he was woken in the middle of the night by a sound downstairs, only to realize it was crawling arm and leg supports he had forgotten to turn off.

“That can happen,” added the electrician.

Mr Carraher said that when he started decorating the house 22 years ago, he only had two models and one light and now has “two thousand props in total”.

“So what people see is about 20-30% of what we have.”

He added: “We always start on the second last weekend in September, so on Friday 22nd September this year we started and it's been non-stop ever since.

“I'll be on four to five weeks' annual leave to build it, put it on, take it down, and my friend John, will be on two weeks' annual leave to help me.”

Mr Carraher said he has had “very good reactions” from neighbours.

He added: “Most people are behind us, they are brilliant. Especially the sweets and all, we do an appeal every year for sweets and the neighbors come with bags and bags of sweets which is great.

“It's adults and kids, it's a community thing, you couldn't do it alone, you need community support.

“Children, teenagers and this, they will help say, scare people, and adults check that everything is okay, give out sweets.”

Mr Carraher's terrifying transformation is now raising funds for a charity which helps people living with the rare skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB), also known as butterfly skin.

The money goes to Debra Ireland, who helps around 300 people living with the painful disease which causes the skin to blister at the slightest touch.

Ken's Halloween House of Horrors is open October 28, 29 and 30 from 4-8pm and Halloween from 4-9pm.