ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - For some teens halloween isn't here for only one night. Dressing up as zombies and ghosts is now a paying gig.
At the haunted house in the Cottonwood Mall, the owners are letting kids become the evil dwellers and paying the high school groups for fund-raising opportunities.
"They're yelling at us, they're laughing, they're crying. it's all these emotions at once," says co-owner of the Manor of Mayhem, Darren Guido.
The blood-dripping cast at the haunted house changes every night.
"We have drama clubs, we've had the girls' basketball team, we have cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are the creepiest ones out there" says co-owner Geoff Metoyer.
The Cibola High School's drama club had their chance Sunday evening, to get their make-up done to scare the guests.
The Manor of Mayhem Haunted House wasn't on the owners career plan.
Two years ago, owners Metoyer and Guido hit rough times. Guido lost his job because of the economy and Metoyer's wife fell sick and later passed away.
"My wife was sick with lukemia, and in order to take care of her, i had to quit my job," says Metoyer.
The two came together to build the frightening maze, giving them extra time to spend with their families.
Now, Metoyer and Guido have a chance to give back, as well. They donated 10,000 to a bone marrow registry and they're giving high school groups from all over the area, the chance to transform themselves into demons for dough. The ghouls and boys working on Sunday are saving up for a thespian conference in Denver.
"It pays more money, it's a lot more fun, and it doesn't put the kids out on the streets," says Tiffany Bjelke, a mother and supervisor of the Cibola High School's drama club.
No need to sell candy door to door. Drama club members are using their acting skills instead.
Even the little ones, too young for high school would pay to watch young, aspiring actors making grown men tremble.
"The linebacker from UNM came and whenever he was going through he sounded more like a cheerleader," says a young boy dressed as a scary clown.
The organizations are getting paid for each day they work. The owners say they've worked with about eight high schools.
The Manor of Mayhem is open everyday throughout the month of October.
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