View Full Version : Biggest Article EVER WRITTEN... THE BIBLE OF OUR INDUSTRY

02-10-2011, 05:31 PM
Are you ready for the biggest article EVER WRITTEN, the article which will expose YOUR HISTORY... which will tell you who and how things came to be?

When you get this article you will KNOW who you are, where you came from, how this industry came to be, all answers are revealed.

This article is like a bible I'm still writing it and so far its TEN PAGES LONG typed...

The article will end up around 20 pages or so in the magazine maybe down to about 12 pages ...

Do you want to know how the vendor industry came to be? Do you want to know where haunted houses came from, or how they came to become popular, or what are the key things that have happened since 1970 to get us to the point we are at?

SUBSCRIBE NOW... www.hauntedHouseMagazine.com

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 27 will come out at TW and if you want to read this article I am telling you it will change your life in terms of this industry.

Its coming out like I never thought...

If you REALLY want to know EVERY EVENT that created the haunt industry this will be the ONLY issue you'll ever want to get.


02-10-2011, 07:10 PM
Awesome Larry, that'll deffinately be a good read.

Im eager to get my hands on an issue now to check it out.

Thanks man!

02-11-2011, 02:06 AM
There is NO article ever written like this one... I'm still working on it and I'm up to 15 pages. Its actually giving me a headache. If you want to know how this industry become what it is today, you must read this article. As I write it I get goosbumps.

I think in the end it might end up being like the best resource for our industry. Its just amazing.

You'll see coming soon Hautworld Magaizne issue 27... the biggest article the best article every written!

It will take you a LONG time to read it but it will be worth every second.


02-11-2011, 09:37 AM
Maybe instead of having to edit it down to 12 pages or so, you should run it as a special insert at full-length with images and what not. Might make a cool industry collectors item.

Jolly Pumpkin
02-11-2011, 10:22 AM
This should be an interesting read and it may become quite controversial since there are many haunts that were around before 1975. As far as I know, haunted houses started in Ohio and the oldest haunt that's still in operation today is the Hudson Jaycees Haunted House which is 39 years old. Haunts opened around 1970 in Ohio, but the majority of the early ones have been closed. But different people have their theories on the history.

02-11-2011, 11:05 AM
Yes there was haunts before 1975, heck Disney's Haunted Mansion opened before then, its when they first tried to grow when someone tried to promote these everywhere that is the point.

You'll see.


Jolly Pumpkin
02-11-2011, 11:43 AM
Well, Disney's Haunted Mansion is more of a dark ride. It can be considered a haunted attraction, but if you're talking about the beginning of haunted houses, then it shouldn't be considered. I'm talking about walk through haunted houses, not attractions with carriage systems and stuff like that.

02-11-2011, 12:52 PM
I for one have grown tired of hearing about Disney's Haunted mansion as a haunted attraction in any way in the spirit of what we do in our industry. It's not the least bit scary, and you're in a doom buggy it's nothing like walking around yourself and things happening around you. Disney's haunted mansion is not ahaunted house attraction it's a dark ride and let's be honest not scary and pretty lame other than cool sets...


damon carson
02-11-2011, 05:45 PM
I would say you have to include Disneys Haunted Mansion. It was originally designed as a walk through haunt if im not mistaken. Most Jaycee haunts started either in the 60s or early 70's. I went to my first haunted house by the Jaycee's in 1975.

Jim Warfield
02-11-2011, 10:00 PM
Chiseling those stone tablets! Chiseling everyone's name correctly too!
Don't forget those safety glasses, chips fly! Monumental works require monumental effort.
Stick with it, hang in there. Wear a dust mask too.

Gore Galore
02-12-2011, 04:37 PM
www.thezombiefarm.com is the oldest haunted house in Indiana at 35 years I think.
it is where I got my start.
It is operated by the Newburgh Civitan club.
thank you to the non profit clubs for getting this haunted house ball rolling.

Twin Locusts
02-12-2011, 05:23 PM
Hey Kevin, the .com link was dead so I found this link and it's a valid url but the index page is down. The second link was the only page that seems live. Post some old photos from zombie farm sometime!!



damon carson
02-12-2011, 05:30 PM
The Edge of Hell in Kansas City Missouri has been around since 1975. And is considered the nations oldest operating haunted houses in the nation.

damon carson
02-12-2011, 05:55 PM
The Edge of Hell in Kansas City Missouri has been around since 1975. And is considered the nations oldest operating haunted houses in the nation.

Jolly Pumpkin
02-12-2011, 07:06 PM
The Haunted School House in Akron, OH has been around since 1974 and The Hudson Haunted House in Hudson, OH has been around since 1972. Both of these haunts are older than The Edge of Hell.

damon carson
02-13-2011, 01:37 AM
Well if you do the math Noah. One is 1yr older than Edge. And the other one is 3 yrs older.

Jim Warfield
02-13-2011, 09:19 AM
This place was built in 1870! It has been haunted since at least 1925. So Many people in town have such stories about this house. It once had as many as five apartments in it.
The local JCs had their haunt in it around 1975.
I have had the lights on and been open here for tours of the house for 8,760 nights besides being open almost every weekend afternoon, Sat.& Sun, from 2 to 5.
I have done probably 98% of all the work here over the period of my ownership, with very little help, my Wife, Jessica has been here for ten years and she does alot with the running of this business and even helping alot with the roofing here. (Lots of roof!)
Recently a woman told me I have alot of money invested here. Yes I do by my standards, not by most of the world's though. My major investment here is sweat equity. I told her I owned the house for maybe four or five years before I ever bought a new piece of lumber. I tore down a house, barn, was given old lumber piles.
You do it how ever you can financially.

02-13-2011, 09:44 AM
Man, these haunts were around before I was even born. I guess another thing to look at is which were the first haunts that really took it serious as a business and strived to have a professional look and run a professional attraction. I guess if you're acharity and have the building or property already it's a bit different then taking the leap and aquiring your own spot and building it up on your own that's a whole different ball game.


02-13-2011, 08:21 PM
The Campus Life "Scream in the Dark" I helped with in the early '80's started around 1968 and was a fixture in San Diego for many decades.

02-13-2011, 09:13 PM
WOW! I went to that haunt when I was a kid back in the 70's. To this day that was the best haunted house I have ever been to. If I remember right we had to go down a slide to get to the catacombs where the haunt was. I remember coming out of a room with black and white squares while a stobe light was going on and off. Talk about disorienting. The next room was Frankenstein, and when he got up off that table....well that was real, it WAS Frankenstein! Yes I was young and I will never forget it.

Jim Warfield
02-13-2011, 09:46 PM
Was already , what? 180 years old when you met him. He still remembers you and tries to call you every Friday the 13th when the moon is full, ?
It's nice and fitting that you still remember him too.
Impressing the customer is where success resides.

02-13-2011, 11:14 PM
I remember being too scared to make it through a haunted recreation room at a local Autumn Fest when I was 10 so that would put it at 1959. The idea has been around for a long time but the Seventies somehow gave them the professional push. Also Disney's Haunted Mansion has had a profound effect on the Haunt Industry as inspiration for many of the industries early movers and shakers.

Soul Reaper
02-14-2011, 01:44 AM
There has been several haunts around for decades. And I also like to read about them. I for one am looking forward to get a copy of issue 27 and reading what you have wrote Larry. I think if you could keep it full length it would be better.
And I agree with Dalloween it might make it and industry collector's issue.

02-14-2011, 06:07 AM
If Larry is writing the bible of the haunted house industry, does that make him the haunted house God? LOL

The first Jaycees haunted houses that I have heard about started near or in Louisville, Kentucky. The Huntington Jaycees started their haunted house about 1967. A past member that was involved back then is a personal friend of mine. It started like many of them, from another chapter sharing their idea.

The state conventions were great networking events and it was at these that their version of a business plan, Chairman's Planning Guide (CPG), was submitted in dozens of categories and awards from peer judging. It was the CPG that was the idea generator for other chapters to get ideas for projects to run in the communities and give the members experience in leadership.

As with any great idea that looks like a gold mine, other groups, individuals, and companies jumped into the haunted house business. While Jaycees usually would try to find an unused house or building, it was the private operators that took it to the next level and beyond. Much further than most charity haunts could.

Jim Warfield
02-14-2011, 07:01 AM
Had enough donations to hire carpenters to build it for them using donated 2 by 4s and brand new plasterboard and chicken wire and hire a bunch of teenagers to operate it for them all in a shopping mall space.
They were "taking it to the next level" in some ways, dropping down to the basement level of customer satisfaction in the quality of the effects and "show" otherwise. (It was pretty bad)
Maybe the worst of it was there weren't any of the JCs doing any of it or having any fun with it.
"Delegate, delegate!"

02-14-2011, 09:24 AM
The problem for one source writing the "bible" or a recount of the haunt industry history is it would probably be biased as told through one person's account. To do it right, you'd have to get together a bunch of people in on it who have seen or know the TRUE history of this industry.


02-14-2011, 11:44 AM
Larry has a pretty good handle on many things in the industry. That said, he is only coming from the perspective that he has lived and worked. Not knocking you here, Larry. If you have seen "Vantage Point", you understand my statement.

Maybe updating the "haunted attraction" wiki page would be a way to start this. There is a pretty good start on it now.

Jolly Pumpkin
02-14-2011, 11:50 AM
I'm actually the one who wrote the entire page, but Wikipedia won't allow lists which I had tons of them for well known haunts, vendors, records broken etc. Basically, if they think you're advertising a haunt they will delete the content. So, the page used to be much more extensive about 3 or 4 days ago, but now it's pretty basic. But, I'm going to copy and paste the old page which featured a lot more information, but it will more than likely be deleted. They even blocked me for a day because I was updating too much. They said it was vandalism and I was the one who wrote the entire page. It doesn't make too much sense, but it is what is.

Jolly Pumpkin
02-14-2011, 11:58 AM
Well, I put up the more extensive page, but it will more than likely be altered. I'm not sure how to add photos and it's really in the hands of the wikipedia admins on how it's going to be changed. It will though.

02-14-2011, 01:56 PM
Well, I put up the more extensive page, but it will more than likely be altered. I'm not sure how to add photos and it's really in the hands of the wikipedia admins on how it's going to be changed. It will though.

I like it a lot Noah. Well done.

02-14-2011, 02:02 PM
Wow what a thread...

Couple things no it would make me the haunted God... LOL

I'm not writing the 10 commandments... I'm writing and article that is titled something like 'Top 13 Events that Shaped the Haunted House Industry'.

Inside this article it explains in DETAIL how 13 different things shaped, created and impacted the current haunted house industry.

See we can sit here for days and try to figure out who was the first haunt but that isn't the point... its what really pushed people to open haunted houses across the country no where was the first haunt. Someone went out there and traveled the country and said OPEN HAUNTED HOUSES!

So they did!

Lastly, I think the way the article is presented you will find its a very accurate description of what happened all along the way and how it changed how we operate, and more.

You will have to read it but once you did I tihnk you will say yourself WOW I DID NOT KNOW THAT, or WOW I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT LIKE THAT... but mostly you'll understand the history of the industry much better.

Just hold your horses!

I haven't been able to work on this thing for days ... hoping to get back on it tonight.