At former school, Halloween's a full-time job

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Guests arrive at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Robert Butcher scares a group of children with a blameless circular saw at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Kevin Butcher puts on his shoes to go home after closing at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A guest screams as an actor reaches down from his perch in the ceiling at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A guest runs after an actor leaps out of a shadow at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A guest falls backward after an actor dressed as a zombie leaps from a shadow at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Michelle Messer, right, scares guests at the entrance of the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Mollie Uthe has his makeup applied during preparation before doors open at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Guests react as actor Matt Maloney jumps out of the shadows at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Human-sized dolls stand in a room at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Michelle Messer, right, scares guests at the entrance of the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actors gather their belongings after closing at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Matt Maloney, left, helps remove a prosthetic from the face of colleague Robert Hensley after closing at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A mannequin lays on a table as hand saws adorn a wall at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A guest screams as actor Luke Kinworthy appears in a wall cutout at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A guest screams as an actor reaches suddenly reaches from a table at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A guest buries her head to shield her eyes as she passes through the basement of the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Robert Hensley, center left, heads to the exit after his makeup is completed during preparation before doors open at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A group of young girls hesitate to proceed near the end of a corridor at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Makeup artist Amber Johnson applies makeup around a saw blade prosthetic on the head of actor Robert Butcher during preparation before doors open at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Robert Butcher scares guests with an bladeless circular saw at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Missing child posters hang on a wall at the The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. The haunt, owned and operated by Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, two high school friends, inhabits a late 19th century schoolhouse they've renamed âThe Dent Schoolhouse.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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CINCINNATI (AP) — For some folks, Halloween is more than a holiday: It's a full-time job.

Ten years ago Bud Stross, 28, and Josh Wells, 31, combined their passion for scares and purchased a late 19th century schoolhouse in Cincinnati. Stross and Wells, who met at a party in high school, saw a frightening future for the brick building, known as the Dent Schoolhouse.

The haunted house is now their livelihood and employs 80-100 workers during the two-month season leading up to Halloween. On Nov. 1, after the actors have hung up their masks and the country's thoughts turn from pumpkins to turkeys, Stross and Wells will begin conjuring next year's frights.

"As soon as one season closes we start formulating our plans for next year," said Wells. "It takes a whole year to get it ready."

Stross adds, "Halloween doesn't take a break for us."

The haunts change each year, requiring new sets, themes and ideas. The duo claims there's even a science to it.

"The whole reason for the elaborate sets is just to kind of make them forget that there's scare at any second going to pop up around them," said Wells. "Distract them with the old junk on a shelf, and the next second a live actor is behind them."

As youngsters in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, the two used to decorate their yards. Their love for Halloween grew so much they decided they needed to make it a business.

"I love scaring people," said Stross with a smile.

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