Yes! Those screams coming from Church Drive in San Jose's Cambrian neighborhood were for real on Halloween night. You would scream too if you entered the "Temple of Doom".
"It was a lot of fun," Yelena Rey said after she survived into the "Temple" - a creation based on the Indiana Jones movie in 1984 - complete with the rolling stone triggered when the golden statue is stolen. "It was so scary!"
She and her family joined as many as 5,000 trick-or-treaters Thursday night in a line that stretched around the block. The "Temple of Doom" is the creation of mastermind Bob Schiro - a contractor by day who takes Halloween very seriously. It took three months, 1,000 volunteer hours and about $4,000 to build, mostly with recyclable building materials. Of course, on Halloween, Schiro was dressed as none other than Indiana Jones.
"I think it brings out the kid in all of us again. That I remember being a kid trick or treating. I just wanted to bring a little extra to that," Schiro said.
Walk inside and you definitely see the influence from the movie "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". There was a little Halloween twist of course. Ghosts flew in the air with skeletons everywhere. Screams erupted when scary ghouls popped out of the walls and grabbed you.
"At the end when the guy came out at me...that got me that really did," Rey said.
Part amusement park. Part maze. This was a haunted house on steroids. Schiro and family have been doing haunted house themes for 12 years either in front of his home or at elementary schools. They're already working on next year's theme although they won't reveal what it is until next fall.
"I think the magic of looking at everybody no matter what age, you can see it in their eyes," Schiro said. "Everybody's getting something from it individually and I think that's what it's about."