Hell houses share some similarities with classic haunted houses; both deliver fear-based fun to thrill-seekers around Halloween.
On Halloween night, hell houses also aim to show young people a visual depiction of what some call the “reality of hell.”
Several community members came out to experience the Echo Valley Church of God's “Tour of Hell.”
For weeks, church members have worked to create all facets of their hell house.
The tour's purpose is to reveal to young people the reality of hell.
To get through the building, you must pass through a series of terror-inducing scenes.
The church's pastor says the tour helps people put things into perspective.
“If you’re in the place of eternal punishment you have to look and see that you could’ve done things differently and regret is a very hard thing to live with,” says Chris Fields, the church’s pastor.
But Fields says the idea isn't to use fire and brimstone to scare people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“I don't want them to just think about hell. I want them to get on a road that will get them away from hell and that would be serving the Lord and that's what the whole thing is about,” says Fields.
This is the very first year the church has hosted the tour of hell and church member say they can't wait to do it again next Halloween.