SCREAMS AND SCARES: Warren Hodgson and Rhyce O'Doherty prepare for their Halloween maze tonight.
SCREAMS AND SCARES: Warren Hodgson and Rhyce O'Doherty prepare for their Halloween maze tonight.

Free Halloween maze to scare Warwick thrillseekers

WARREN Hodgson can’t wait to start thinking of new ways to scare Warwick kids.

A diehard horror buff, Mr Hodgson said he spent a year planning his Halloween maze, which would be on display tonight.

With his son-in-law Rhyce O’Doherty, Mr Hodgson built a backyard maze, full of frightening stuff to make even the bravest of kids jump.

The pair said they came up with the idea after wanting to give Warwick kids an outlet to celebrate the spooky season.

“It’s something for the kids to do,” Mr Hodgson said.

“There’s no one out here who does it either.”

Mr O’Doherty also said it could help conquer childhood fears.

“It gets them out of the scariness because then they go to bed not that scared.

[They realise] it’s just people dressed up.”

In the weeks leading up to tonight, Mr Hodgson spent countless hours in party stores looking for the perfect scary statues and masks.

“I’ve been buying masks all year.” he said.

Mr O’Doherty used to host similar Halloween events at his Gold Cost home, where people would come in by the busload.

He hosted a Warwick maze for the first time last year.

While the crowd was a little smaller, Mr O’Doherty said he was still impressed by the turnout and reception.

“Up here, we still get a good crowd,” he said.

“We had kids come through seven or eight times.

“We went through $200 worth of lollies so we’ve got more this year.”

And proving that it was truly his day of the year, Mr Hodgson said he had started planning for next year.

“I’m making a spider this big,” Mr Hodgson said, stretching his hands out.

“We’re hoping to have snowcones and fairy floss next year.

“We’ll get bigger every year.”

The will also be a movie playing outside the front of the maze.

The maze runs is open from 6-9.30pm at 23 Grafton St. Entry is free.