Most people think a haunted house attraction is tossed together in late September.

Most people think a haunted house attraction is tossed together in late September.

"That's really not the case," said Neena Collins, manager of ScareAtorium. "We're very serious about what we do."

Neena and her husband, Kelly Collins, began holding auditions for actors to be part of this year's ScareAtorium back on Aug. 22.

"We never stop working on the attraction in some form or another," she said last week.

Two distinct haunted attractions are planned this year -- Northland Asylum and Rip's 3-D Funhouse, which has found a permanent home after moving around to various locations the past several years.

"Our facility is over 40,000 square feet," Collins said.

ScareAtorium is set up in the former PharMor store at Northland Plaza, 2605 Northland Plaza Drive near the intersection of East Dublin-Granville Road and Cleveland Avenue. The building had been vacant for a decade before ScareAtorium settled in for good last year, according to Collins.

This year, about 130 people are involved in presenting the dual attractions. Most of them enjoy "expressing their individualism," according to Collins.

"It's not a bunch of high school kids who throw on masks," she said. "It's fun scaring people, and our patrons, that's what they're paying for."

General admission is $20 to ScareAtorium, which runs through early November.

ScareAtorium is open from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 16, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.

Weekend hours are 7:30 p.m. to midnight Oct. 17 and 18, Oct. 24 and 25; and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

"Lights-on" tours of the facility, without actors, are offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.

Northland Asylum has its own backstory, that of a former mental hospital on the site that opened in the 1800s and closed in the 1950s, according to Collins. The building was "resurrected," and turned out to be haunted, she said.

People going through Rip's 3-D Funhouse are given 3-D glasses to enjoy the full experience.

"To see it is to believe it," Collins said.

Kelly and Neena Collins used to operate Terror Park at the old Cooper Stadium. They have only 17 days of running ScareAtorium to make the year's operating expenses, but she said it's enjoyable being around those who, like themselves, are drawn to this form of entertainment.

"I just can't say enough about the talent that we have," Collins added. "We're kind of a haunters' 4-H organization. They love the opportunity. We love the people, the arts and the passion, and the people who are involved with us love it, too.

"We're very happy to be in Northland and we're established and looking forward to having a great season."