Reinke Bros. haunted house still a year out

Renovations are drawing to a close at downtown's weirdest store

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Reinke Bros.' famous haunted house in Littleton is still under construction, but don't be afraid — it'll be back next year.

“The haunted house was always good, but now it'll be great,” said Reinke Bros. owner Greg Reinke. “We'll have more animatronics, more special effects, more illusions.”

Reinke's store, a sprawling and eclectic costume and prop shop stuffed with everything from the whimsical to the ghastly, has been under renovation since a colossal hailstorm damaged the roof in June 2014. After lengthy wrangling with his insurance company, Reinke said the store is better than ever.

Upgrades include a new roof, LED lighting, asbestos abatement, low-flow bathroom fixtures, new sprinkler systems and new air conditioning units.

“We'll basically be a LEED building, but the ugliest one down here on Main Street,” Reinke said.

True to form, Reinke's got big plans for the future.

“We're even working on trying to put in a roller coaster,” Reinke said. “That'll take a few years. You'll stand in these coffins, they'll drop you into a grave, shoot you over the roof, and that's how you'll get into the haunted house.”

Reinke Bros. has 6,000 costumes for sale, another 10,000 for rent, and a galaxy of accessories and props, Reinke said. Their warehouse is also being completed, which includes sets and props for movies and events.

Reinke begins assembling the Halloween decorations in Denver's Union Station this week.

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