View Full Version : Haunted House Hall of Fame

Evilution Unlimited
04-20-2008, 03:29 PM
I am thinking of starting one of these just as a side thing for people to look at while in line for my haunt, perhapse expand it if there is interest. I plan to do an article on those inducted and perhapse have some photos if available

I am looking for nominations, it can be a group that opperated a great haunted house, it can be an individual that had a tremendous impact on the haunted house industry, it can be a vendor that has changed haunting, etc.

My first nomination is the Hamilton Fairfiend Jaycees
They started the first seasonal haunted house
It was in Cincinnati 1970
It was for charity
you can read more about it at

Evilution Unlimited
04-20-2008, 04:29 PM
Harry Tarver would also be a good inductee for the introduction of animations to dark attractions. In 1930, his Laff in the Dark ride featured a flat kicking mule, an alligator with moving jaws, and a statue that would topple over towards you as you rode past.

04-20-2008, 06:42 PM
I would agree with that cinncinatti nomination.
Timothy Herron, aka Horror Host Baron Von Wolfenstein, was a major player in that I believe.

If you need contact info for him, lemme know

Jim Warfield
04-20-2008, 10:34 PM
Archaeologists did discover the maze built by the ancient Greeks where those mythological monsters waited in the dark, Minotaur and friends.

A fancy term for "maze"is "labyrinth". I don't remember what color the dots had been painted in the dot room, hollowed out log = spinning tunnel, Greek fire pyro techniques.
Society's need to scare one another beyond selfish or political reasons matured as people became more secure and confident to handle fear as only entertainment.

I had an old van parked beside my house that I made haunt bumper stickers for using haunt names from around the country as if this van had been to see all of them, I thought this was fun. The other fun concept behind this idea was that the van made it to my place, then quit!
"Brad & Janet" all over again!

04-21-2008, 02:15 PM
Are you trying to make a Hall of Fame for people in the industry or haunts themselves? I've talked about this before and think our industry should have one. Heck I would love nothing more than to see a Haunted House Museum spring up sometime in conjunction with a Hall of Fame. That would be cool... show all kinds of props dating back to whenever to now. Maybe even include Dark Rides along with it...

If I was going to nominate someone I would nominate Distortions Ed Edmunds and his wife Jan. They're the original haunted house supply company, doing what no one ever though could be done! They are truly the start of this crazy thing known has 'haunt vendor'.


04-21-2008, 04:45 PM
Hey Larry, I think you're confusing Janene with Ed's wife, Marsha! :)


Lady Riggy
04-28-2008, 01:48 AM
I would nominate House of Frankenstein in Lake George, NY.........that place has been so long people are bringing their kids and grandkids there because they had such a great time when they were younger

Jim Warfield
04-28-2008, 02:52 AM
I try to ask customers how they discovered my place? One day I asked a tall, muscular young man about 18 (my guess, he drove here) this question.
He said his Dad told him abit The Ravens Grin Inn. Then he said his Dad had been here when he was in 4th or 5th grade!!!!
(Was the kid's Dad making babys when he was , how old?)
I get people that are obviously adults coming here that tell me they were first here when they we smal children!?
I have only owned the house for 20 years but it was haunted via reputation ever since 1925 that I know of...the elderly people here in town have told me their stories.

04-29-2008, 04:51 AM
Whoops ... Marsha Marsha Marsha... LOL

The person I made the mistake of saying was the person who answers their phones I believe. Whoops.

Anyway I would nominate them both in a heartbeat. Distortions is a pioneer in our industry, bar none! They made it possible for the rest of the vendors to exist. Without Distortions the haunt industry would be at least five years behind where it is right now. And that is a fact!


04-29-2008, 04:55 AM
If you're just nominating haunted houses I would have a few for you...

Haunted Schoolhouse started what almost 40 years ago and still goes strong today...

There was a haunt in St. Louis called Thayre Ashton Mansion that really set the world on fire by busing people to the attraction. It might be one of the first mega haunts in the country, doing about 60,000 people, even back in the 80's and marketed itself as a real haunted house.

It caught on fire in the off season and burned to the ground. It opened one more year with an all outdoor haunt but that was it...never opened again. I can get photos of that for you if you want.


Evilution Unlimited
04-30-2008, 07:35 PM
I thought I would start small with it just being for people going to the haunt and see if there is any interest.
I would like to make it bigger much like you said and display the evolution of props and haunt makeup, etc.

Another haunt I would consider would be Bloodview Heights in Cleveland.
Still for charity after all these years.

I agree with the Distortions nomination.

Other people maybe Walt Disney and Phillip Morris (He did write the book after all)

04-30-2008, 07:54 PM
how long has bloodview been around?

i know St. Rita's haunted house (Cincinnati, OH) has been around for many. many years as a charity haunt.

screamline studios
04-30-2008, 08:49 PM
PHILLIP MORRIS should definetly be on that list, and i do agree with larry that the haunted school house is a staple in haunted houses today and even years apon years ago....first class haunt all the way.. What about HORRIFICUS he is for sure a shoe in?? just kidding!!

Jason Blaszczak

Evilution Unlimited
05-01-2008, 07:43 AM
Bloodview has raised over $1.6 million in their 26 years of haunting.

St. Rita's is also a good charity haunt.

Don Post Studios was the first to create the latex mask.

05-09-2008, 10:44 AM
Any hall of fame would hopefully give credit to all the local Jaycees chapters that started the haunted house fundraising idea. Several chapters have already been mentioned. Any that started in the 60's-80's and are still around, should be included.

I went down to the library and researched our local paper archives. In 1968 there was a promo picture for the Huntington Jaycees haunted house.

So, that would make this year our 40th anniversary.

05-09-2008, 10:56 AM
my gramp ..FRANK DIXON...was doin a hayride slash walk thru for the poormans club of which he was the president... in 1953.....they would take em on a hayride thru the woods then stop at an old house in the woods and they would get out and walk thru it...they built props and made costumes..they made a wolf man out of horse tail hair..which one of the members family still has...i will look for pictures...i remember seeing one of the old pics..I hope i can find it

05-10-2008, 03:07 AM

You're 110% correct...Jaycees really did a lot to launch the professional side of haunting. You would be very correct on that end!


05-10-2008, 06:30 PM
I would have to say that Lance Pope should be nominated.

This is from the Best Haunted Attractions write up from Hauntworld:
"Verdun Manor is one of the best haunted attractions that ever opened in America. The late Lance Pope was a haunted industry ICON, leading the way in both design, special effects, flame effects and so much more.

...but he left a legendary haunted attraction behind that will go down in haunted history as one of the greatest haunts of our time."

I had the privilage pf working with him the year before he passed away, and he was one of my mentors.

Jim Warfield
05-21-2008, 09:33 PM
During the late 1930's the old mill at the end of Market Street had been abandoned for 30 years.
It was a four story stone building that this town was built around in the 1840's.
Inside the mill were wooden chutes, big wooden gears, narrow dark walk ways, if you fell from them you would fall 20 feet into rushing deep , dark waters.
My Dad was a grade school, almost high school kid then, also a "town" kid.
On Saturday night the "farm" kids came to town for the band concert in the county square and to shop and socialise.
The "town" kids would lead the "Farm" kids into the old mill , sometimes blindfolded and leave them there to find their way out.

The old mill was torn down during WW2 when my Dad was away.
I don't remember how many bodies there were.
Only one gold coin was found even though a bag of them supposidly were lost in a crack in the rock wall where they had been hidden.
I was kidding nobody no farm kids died in the mill, I guess someone wasn't trying hard enough.
Someone has always been scaring someone else.

05-23-2008, 10:44 AM
how long has bloodview been around?

i know St. Rita's haunted house (Cincinnati, OH) has been around for many. many years as a charity haunt.

Bloodview has been around for 28 years I believe.

Another thing to mention would be the Legion of Terror, at over 20 years old, I think they are the oldest haunt acting troupe.

05-23-2008, 10:01 PM
I second the nomination for Philip Morris. Who doesn't have a copy of his book in their library. Another person whose knowledge continues on is J.B. Corn.