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Haunted House in Seattle Washington Georgetown Morgue Reviewed
Sat, March 22, 2014
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Seattle, Washington's - The Georgetown Morgue

By Hauntworld Magazine

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Washington Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America!  Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America!  The Georgetown Morgue is located in Seattle and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America!  Prepare to scream!  Sit back and prepare to scream through our review of The Georgetown Morgue. This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Washington, The Georgetown Morgue. The haunted house industry in Seattle has barely begun with very few haunted houses however the Seattle market is one of the biggest in the country and haunts are bound to start sprining up.  Seattle Washington Haunted Houses are coming on fast and if you are looking for simply the best and scariest haunted house Seattle then you've found it the Georgetown Morgue.  Now sit back and read all about the scariest Haunted Attraction in Seattle.

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The Georgetown Morgue (1928-1983)
Author: James Henrikson February 12, 2000

The Georgetown Morgue stands out among historic morgues, not for its unusual industrial surroundings, but for what can only be described as a series of colorful (albeit at times horrifying) events in its relatively short (and fairly recent) history.  

Some people have questioned why this little-known morgue made the Historic Morgue Society's "Most Intriguing Historic Urban Morgues" list in 1999, but with a little background, the reader should have no problem understanding why.
 

 

History of the Georgetown Morgue:
Built: 1928
Original Name: Kolling Mortuary Services of Seattle
Original Owner: Scottland Timothy Kolling
Original Purpose: Processing and preparation of the deceased.


Kolling Mortuary Services of Seattle constructed the 3-story facility in 1928 as a single-purpose funeral preparations facility.
 
Change of Ownership: 1939
New Name: Broughton Brothers Funeral Services
Owner: Charles and Henry Broughton


Owners Charles and Henry Broughton, 1946 From Seattle Times archives, the Broughton Brothers purchased the facility in 1939 with more ambitious plans, transitioning it from a simple funeral preparations home to, by 1943, a 100-body-per-day Crematorium. The extended facilities were erected from the South-facing wall, including two 110-foot smoke stacks (approved by the City of Seattle but not without some degree of public outcry).  In addition, Charles Broughton built a small brick home on the west side of the property, where it remains to this day.

On April 29th, 1965 a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the Puget Sound area, and while other businesses in Seattle suffered only moderate damage, tragedy struck the Broughton Brothers when crematorium Tower 1 collapsed into the west side of the building, taking out the upper floor, and killing Charles Broughton.

Brother Henry Broughton continued the business, and necessary structural renovations included the removal of the third floor. Tower 1 was rebuilt in 1967.
 
Change of Ownership: 1969
New Name: The Georgetown Morgue
Owner: City of Seattle


City of Seattle's Georgetown Morgue: The City of Seattle acquired the facility after Broughton Brothers Funeral Services defaulted on their loan.  Once again, the facility underwent a significant change.  The City converted it to a morgue. At that time, the area was part of the Georgetown District, and the City chose the Georgetown Morgue as a suitable name.  Interesting side note: the City did not abandon the crematorium part of the facility, and instead continued to utilize it for the purpose of processing animal carcasses for their Animal Control Department.

The City operated the Georgetown Morgue until 1983, when a modern morgue was erected in Downtown Seattle at 5th Ave S. and Seneca Street.  The City offered the property for sale, but received no interested buyers until 1989 (perhaps due in part to its intriguing albeit morbid history).
 
Change of Ownership: 1989
Owner: Richland Processing Corp.


The Richland Processing Corporation purchased the facility from the City of Seattle with the intention of converting it to a meatpacking transfer station. They sold crematorium towers 1 & 2 to nearby Simmons Foundry Works, where they were relocated in 1990.
 

The Building Today:
Once home of the late Mrs. Charles Broughton, the building has undergone significant structural change and bears only a slight resemblance to the former Georgetown Morgue.  The footings of the former crematorium smoke stack towers are still evident along the South-facing wall of the Richland Processing facility. The adjacent brick home of Charles Broughton’s widow (who remained at the residence until she claimed her own life in 1979) still remains.

The Fascinating Historic Backstory of the Georgetown Morgue...
The Georgetown Morgue had a strikingly colorful 43-year history as a funeral preparations home, crematorium and morgue.  City of Seattle public records, Police Department records, and Seattle Times microfiche records paint a colorful and horrifying picture. We will summarize a few of the more intriguing events below.

1940's Jazz Great, John "Figgy" Dorsey:
When jazz trumpeter and nationally-acclaimed band leader John "Figgy" Dorsey died in 1947, he was brought to Broughton Brothers for funeral preparations.  At this point, events turned horrific.  According to police reports, Charles Broughton reported a break-in to the facility, and during the police inquiry, the body of Mr. Dorsey was discovered to be missing from the embalming procedure table.  The following morning came the gruesome discovery by Mr. Dorsey's wife of her late husband's dismembered body on the front lawn of her home at 5465 Eldridge Ave. in Ballard.  Not to be deterred, Mrs. Dorsey had the body returned to Broughton Brothers Funeral Services to be reconstructed for public viewing at his funeral.  Media reports at the time were sensational, making for an even higher profile burial of the already high profile musician.

"Seattle Crematorium Massacre" followed by the Change of Ownership to City of Seattle in 1969:
The transfer of ownership from Broughton Brothers Funeral Services to the City of Seattle in 1969 followed one of the most gruesome crimes on record.  Coined by the Seattle Times as the "Seattle Crematorium Massacre", there has been a great deal of unresolved speculation as to exactly what occurred during the evening of October 25, 1968.  On that evening, during a business meeting on the premises, 2 (perhaps 3) suspects (assumed to have been armed), entered the building and forced all 9 attendees (the entire facility staff of Broughton Brothers Funeral Services, including company owner Henry Broughton) to be bound.  In what is considered to be the most horrifying unsolved crime in Seattle history, each attendee was forced into the crematorium chamber.  There were no surviving witnesses, nor were suspects ever identified.  This crime is unique in its nature.  Speculation has always abounded in regard to motive, but character witness testimony on police record does indicate a suspicion of less-then-legitimate business practices at Broughton Brothers.  As a result of the crime, Broughton Brothers Funeral Services had no living employees.  Broughton family members had no choice but to foreclose on its loan, at which point the City of Seattle acquired the facility.

Public outcry over the construction of the two 140-foot smoke stacks in 1943:
The industrial boom of the early 1940's to support the war, while critical for the nation's production of needed materials, did have the unwanted effect of contributing to some of the worst air quality in the nation.  Seattle citizens groups took interest in preserving air and water quality in the Puget Sound area.  The sensational nature of the proposed crematorium smokestacks made for high profile headlines.  However, the City of Seattle eventually approved the construction of the stacks in 1943, and the project was completed and in production by 1945.  The Georgetown Morgue ranked number 4 in the Historic Morgue Society's "Most Intriguing Urban Historic Morgues" list in Sept., 1999.
 


Written by freelance writer and easy screamer Denise Roundy of Kingston, Washington

The Georgetown Morgue: Northwest Premier Haunted Attraction    
The KUBE 93FM Haunted House at the Georgetown Morgue in Seattle attracts more than just adventurous city folk looking for a good scare.  Thrill-seeking guests make the journey from all over the Puget Sound region, because the Georgetown Morgue isn’t just a haunted house, it’s legendary.  And now the legend has spread:  The popular Seattle haunt is the first in the Northwest to be selected as an affiliate member of America Haunts, the premier group of haunting attractions.

A modest building on the exterior, this haunt blends into its industrial surroundings.  It sits just a few miles south of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market and the sports stadiums for the Seahawks and Mariners.  Visitors flock to the haunted house—even if it means a train or ferry ride—for what is guaranteed to be the Pacific Northwest’s best fright.  While rumors of a rainy Seattle are not exaggerated, owner Scott Kolling says wet weather doesn’t discourage visitors from making the haunting pilgrimage.  “If they’re planning on going, they just go,” Kolling says. “One night, it was raining so hard the street was flooding, but it was our busiest night of the season.”

Especially popular with college students from the nearby University of Washington, last year the haunt welcomed four busloads of students from sororities, prearranging their visits online with group rates and times to accommodate their numbers.  Groups are especially welcome at this haunt. — Who will notice a lost coed or two in the morgue?
Even in a long, rainy line, guests huddle together, getting a taste of the frights inside.  Performers get up-close-and-personal right from the get-go, sometimes stalking the folks still getting out of their cars.  Loud BOOMs and screams from behind the haunt’s walls keep visitors alert and full of horrific anxiety.  

Georgetown Morgue, owned and operated by Kolling’s parent company, SeattleHaunts, makes for a first-rate fright.  When you come to visit, prepare for some chilling scenes: dismemberments, disemboweling, demented janitors and the lingering dead.  What can you expect from a place with such dark history?  

Kolling and crew make the most of their morbid theme, with a 1970s red Cadillac hearse (nothing but the best for Georgetown Morgue’s deceased), bloodied morticians, corpses, and wanna-be corpses.  FYI, it’s an open casket event.  But while guests will encounter a gruesome fright, the emphasis is on the scare.  Kolling prefers to keep the gore to a minimum, and credits talented, well-placed actors with providing the true old-fashioned scares.  His haunt boasts some impressive FX of animations, automations, pneumatics and more, but their primary function is to strategically position the visitors as haunt targets for the performers.  A demonic automation might be cool, but it’s the reaching zombie, and the specter zeroing in, that will make grown men scream like little girls.  “If you have a dark room with nothing in it, but you have a good actor in there, they’ll still scream their heads off,” Kolling says.
 
 
Owner    
In the late 1970’s, Scott Kolling was finding his love and passion for haunting.  His father was a member of the Jaycees community service group, and he remembers following his father around the haunted house they were organizing as a Jaycee haunted house fundraiser.  He helped to build many haunted rooms, and enjoyed going through the haunt when all was finished.  Many memories, fun times, creativity, and the camaraderie of the experience would stay with Kolling for the years to come.

In his early 20s, Kolling joined the local Jaycees as a volunteer and was nominated as president during his second year.  He decided to join the ranks in the haunt industry by building his first haunted house as a way to earn money for their community activities.  It was a great success.  The location of the haunt was moved to a more central location at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash.  This proved to be a good location for haunting with another year of fright-filled success.  

Kolling then made a career change.  Instead of building and running a haunted house for a non-profit organization, he went into business for himself starting his own haunted house company and making a living doing what he loved…HAUNTING.  Haunts Northwest, Inc. was formed.  Kolling’s new company specialized in the design, construction and operation of dark attractions.  The new theme based on its fairgrounds location was Scaregrounds.  Haunts Northwest, Inc. built and operated Scaregrounds and other haunted houses throughout nine different cities in the area during the next six years.

In spring 2002, Kolling was presented with an opportunity to take over the KUBE 93FM Haunted House. The KUBE 93FM Haunted House at that time had been around the Seattle area for 23 years.  Kolling took on the challenge and has been designing, constructing, and operating the KUBE 93FM Haunted House for the past 12 years.  He has also kept at least one other haunted house running at the same time during the Halloween season in different cities in the area.

In 2008, the KUBE 93FM Haunted House moved its location to the Georgetown Morgue, which was a huge success, and where it resides to this day.  SeattleHaunts was formed, and now is the sole owner of the KUBE 93FM Haunted House at the Georgetown Morgue, now entering its 35th year of operation in Seattle.

During the 18 years that Kolling has operated his haunted house company, he’s always had two or more successful haunts running during the Halloween season.  He has been in over 15 different cities in the Pacific Northwest, before finally finding two permanent locations for his haunts.
 

 
Staff
Dedicated haunters are hard to find. Kolling has two others besides himself that have been involved in his haunting enterprise for 20 years.  Deanna Kolling, his wife of 22 years, is the chief financial officer, also over employment and other administrative duties (too many to name), and Gary Sundseth is operations manager for the Nightmare on 9 show.  Other long time staff members include 16-year veteran Schyler Granstrom, makeup artist and electrician for both haunts, Daryl Rogers has been working alongside Kolling for the last 12 years as production manager/public relations for both haunted houses and Brandon Green, operations manager for the Georgetown Morgue since 2003. Kolling’s oldest son and his friends are part of the 20 or so other staff and actors who have been with him for an average of six years or more who love the haunting business and have a great time working throughout the year on various projects.  With so much haunt experience and monster training, they’ve been referred to as the scariest haunted house actors by both locals and out-of-town guests.

Haunting in the Northwest
The Georgetown Morgue’s enduring popularity and its standing in America Haunts is largely due to Kolling’s yearly remodeling.  Every January he canvasses the haunt and sketches out changes to keep things unpredictable.   As a result, each Halloween season more than a third of the haunt has a new look.  Last year’s main update was the big basement reveal.  Guests walk over grated flooring to see what new evils have recently been discovered below.  But while they’re busy looking down, look out!  Wicked things are waiting in the shadows all around.  What changes are coming this year?  Only Rigger and Mortis, the morgue janitors, know for sure.

Kolling is a hands-on haunt owner.  He not only designs new looks, but he and a small crew build the changes themselves, ensuring creative control.  Producing a top-quality haunt in Washington State isn’t the easiest endeavor, he’s found.  Safety regulations restrict stairways, slides, and other physically creative structures that haunts often use.  Years of trial and terror have helped him navigate the maze of restrictions and compliance requirements, allowing him to build a haunt that passes inspection without compromising the experience.  During the season, though, he keeps a cast and crew of about 60 to help the gruesome mortuary run smoothly.  Online admission sales help too, moving people through the line more quickly and giving guests a chance to pre-purchase discount tickets.  

Well-detailed scenes, talented scarers, and professional makeup are important at both of Kolling’s haunts.  Quality prosthetics (such as nose, eyebrows, and chin pieces) topped with makeup and airbrushing make for a frightfully realistic look.  Masks are still used but only occasionally.  That’s a new development in the decades Kolling has been in the business.  “We used to have one or two artists in the makeup room.  Now we have seven or eight.  It takes longer, but looks better and more professional.”
During the year, Kolling himself and his crew make several public appearances in the Seattle area promoting the Haunted House.  In full costume and makeup, strutting around town with various characters, they are quite a sight to see!

The KUBE 93FM radio station comes in one Saturday afternoon during the season for Kids’ Day.  During that time, families can experience a less threatening version of the haunt:  lights on, no actors.  “It’s still a bit scary, but fun.  If they bring three cans of food, kids get in free.  The radio station brings games for the kids that day, with popcorn and activities.”
 

A less tame event is Finger Flashlight Night, offered during the season’s opening weekend.  It’s a sneak peek—a dark peek—of what to expect from this year’s Georgetown Morgue.  “You go through the haunt, full of actors, but no strobe lights, no lights at all.  All you have is a tiny light on your finger.  So it’s freakier than the regular haunt that’s going to freak you out the next week.”

With a haunt as popular as KUBE 93 FM Haunted House at the Georgetown Morgue, vendors are a must.  Kolling’s vendors have included different kinds of mouthwatering foods like scones and kettle corn, t-shirts, stickers, and calendar sales, as well as a popular face-painting booth where locals often come to get gored up before heading to Halloween parties.  With thousands of guests around nightly, Kolling keeps Seattle city officials happy by hiring off-duty, uniformed police officers to keep things orderly.
Besides being the biggest haunt attraction in the northwest, Georgetown Morgue prides itself in keeping deep community roots.  Kolling and his staff participate in local parades and other events, most recently appearing in full terrifying costume outside Seahawk stadium.  (Who says the 12th man can’t be a zombie?)   It also helps that the community recognizes KUBE Georgetown Morgue as locally owned, staffed wholly by northwest loco yokels.

Snohomish Nightmare on 9
In the 20-plus years he has worked in the scaring business, Kolling has run numerous other haunted attractions in the greater Seattle area.  Currently, he runs a horrific sister haunt, Nightmare on 9, at a farm in Snohomish, WA.  The location of the second haunt north of Seattle allows family and longtime haunter friends to work closer to their homes and jobs.  It’s worked out well.  Kolling’s oldest son and six or so of his buddies, age 17 now, were taught to haunt and scare in their early teens and are the 4-year veteran crew on site.  At Thomas Family Farm, Kolling’s haunt is itself a vendor.  Nightmare on 9 is a slaughterhouse gone wrong, a perfect complement to the farm’s spooky corn maze and zombie paintball hayride.  Being a horror vendor on the farm is a nice contrast to the Seattle location, as Kolling can focus on the haunt but still enjoy the benefits of other Halloween attractions and amenities on site.  Guests running screaming out of the slaughterhouse’s exit, for instance, can head right over to the concessions stand to buy some pulled pork sandwiches, yum yum!

Currently
Kolling and crew are revving up for the 2014 haunt season. Changes are being made at both haunts. Marketing and other projects are underway. Next up is Transworld’s Halloween and Attractions Show in St. Louis, MO with new haunters to meet and lots of things to do and see.  So if you are traveling to Seattle and would like a special tour, look up one of Kolling’s crew members at the show and receive a free pass to the Pacific Northwest’s Premier Haunted House!

 
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Chicago Haunted House rated and reviewed by Hauntworld Basement of the Dead
Thu, March 20, 2014
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Aurora Illinois' - Basement of the Dead Featuring Shattered 3D

By Hauntworld Magazine

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Chicago Illinois Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America!  Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America!  Basement of the Dead is located in Aurora, Illinois and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America!  Prepare to scream!  Sit back and prepare to scream through our review of Basement of the Dead. This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Illinois, Basement of the Dead. Basement of the Dead in Aurora Illinois which is just outside of Chicago Illinois is simply put one of the best haunted houses in the country.  Their attraction features some of the scariest actors, crazies scenes, and amazing set design, plus one of the industries best 3D haunted houses.Now sit back and read all about the best haunted house in the Chicago Illinois area The Basement of the Dead.

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Basement of the Dead Haunted Attraction in Aurora Illinois is not the biggest attraction in Illinois, but many consider it to be the best and even scariest.  Like most top haunts, the Basement of the Dead is run by a talented and passionate group of people who love the haunted house industry, and this group is actually family… a family who through hard work and faith in themselves turned their dream (or nightmare) into a reality.

Jason, David, Sara, Craig, and mother Patrice Seneker along with their aunt and uncle, Tressa and Todd Baraniak, began their haunting life at a home in Joliet Illinois.  Every year, the whole family would start working in early August to transform Patrice’s home into a terrifying house of horrors.  In October, thousands of people braved their way through the yard and home.  After four years of creating nightmares in a home haunt, they wanted more.  David remembers, “That’s when I knew we could be very successful at running a commercial haunted house.  We were doing all that work for just the joy of scaring people.  I knew if we could get the funds and find a place, it could work.”  But before the family became professional haunters a different business opportunity presented itself. The Seneker family learned that the mask division of Scarecrow (a company known for their realistic vampire fangs) was for sale. The family obtained the mask molds and began creating foam latex mask out of the basement of their home. The business, Arrival Mask Company, was successful, but the idea of running a professional haunt never left.
    
Todd never did stop looking for a good location to create a professional haunt. “There are many great haunts in the Chicagoland area and we didn’t want to open a new haunt in some other haunt’s backyard.  It’s not easy to find a good location, and then when you find one, the building owner does not want to give you a lease for just a few months to set up and run a seasonal haunted house.”  That’s when Todd learned of an established haunt that was for sale in the area.
    
George Carpenter founded Basement of the Dead haunted house in 2000. Right away, Basement of the Dead won best new attraction of the year from a local Chicago haunted house review group.  From there, George and his family successfully ran the Basement of the Dead for several years, but due to an illness, George put the Basement up for sale. 
 

Todd said, “George was happy with the number of people he was putting through, and because of the illness there was not much change to the Basement in the last few years he owned it. It was a very strong foundation, and we felt with the right marketing strategies, renovation of the existing space, plus expansion into unused parts of the building that Basement of the Dead Haunted Attraction could become one of the top haunts in Illinois and in the Nation.”

The haunt is located in the basement of a 100 year old building in downtown Aurora Illinois just 30 short miles outside Chicago.  Immediately upon walking inside the building, it’s clear this place would be frightening even if there was not a haunted attraction inside.  The decrepit brick walls, old pipes and eerie creeks make for a perfect haunted setting…a very strong foundation indeed.  So the family bought the business in 2010.  Todd fondly recollects, “When we bought the haunt from George, he and his family helped make our transition into the haunt world seamless.”   

In 2013, the family’s hopes were becoming reality.  Attendance greatly increased, the haunt was named #1 Haunted Attraction in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper, and it was also listed in the Top 30 Haunted Attractions in all of America by Hauntworld Magazine.  The Basement of the Dead turned to Facebook and other social media to get the word out about their haunt.  Todd explains, “We are very active on these sites. We post pictures and videos not just in October, but all year around. We feel it is good to keep the Basement of the Dead fresh in everyone’s mind and to show them the work we are put in to make us #1 and keep us there.  We also run contests on these sites and give prizes away to our fans”.  
    
The Basement also keeps their website www.4fear.com updated with new information throughout the year.  By this Halloween season, the haunt will be 100% remolded from when it was purchased. The new rooms going into the Basement of the Dead are highly detailed, but not overly lit, providing that perfectly creepy atmosphere needed to achieve the utmost in scares. You can see where the Basement gets its soul. Silent Hill, The Hills Have Eyes, Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Insidious are definitely the horror movie inspirations, but not a carbon copy.  David tells, “We believe that if you want to really scare someone, you need to help them forget that they are safe and that these are just a bunch of actors in masks and make-up. We do this by creating rooms that are so believable our customers get engrossed in the atmosphere. Then, the customers can’t help but believe they are in real danger.  For example, we want them to think they really could be locked in our broken down walk-in freezer with a humanoid pig freak.”  
    
They also spend much of their time training actors providing them with a good acting base.  From there, the actors are creatively allowed to develop their individual characters.  “We give them an idea and let the actor build their own character. We help them do this by putting a lot of thought into the costumes and masks & make-up FX.  I am usually very surprised by the depth our actors take their character. This makes them much more believable and terrifying when a customer first encounters them. We are blessed with a very talented group of actors,” says David.
    
Subtlety in lighting is truly an expertise found inside this haunted house.  Lighting is perfect; it’s delicately placed in some parts and purposely absent in others.  We asked David to expound on their intent.  “Just because you spent a lot of time and money on a room, does not mean you need a ton of light. We believe there is nothing scarier than the dark.  All demons, monsters, and boogie men are born from the dark.  We purposely harness that primal fear from the second you take foot down into the Basement.”
 

 
In 2012, Shattered 3D was created. Shattered 3D is a black lit 3D clown themed haunted attraction. The art inside Shattered 3D Haunted House is beautiful and grotesquely sinister at the same time. From floor to ceiling you are engulfed with artwork that is eye popping. David reveals, “We had the space, and we wanted to do a new haunt. Specifically, we wanted to explore a different way to scare people. The Basement is dark and while we love the dark, we thought the logical thing to do was make a contrasting haunted house. We wanted the most eye-popping blacklight haunted house with the most creative artwork, but we also wanted every actor in Shattered 3D to wear a completely 3D costume and every prop fully painted in 3D. We made sure to build solid scares in every room so our actors could use the 3D to their advantage by blending in with the art.”  
    
They certainly accomplished just that, because last year not only was Basement recognized, but Shattered was too.  One haunt reviewer reported, ‘Shattered 3D is a great haunt on its own, the 3D makes it an incredible haunt.’   
    
The Basement also did a revamp of the line entertainment. By adding two talented stilt walkers, two Stalkaround costumes, a chainsaw, a boom-stick, and a live DJ every night on stage that moves from inside the building out into the crowd.  The DJ wears an unbuckled straight jacket along with a zippered, canvas mask while mixing classic rock and heavy metal along with modern beats.  Jason told us a story about how his signature move (binding the hands and mouth of customers with Duct Tape) was born. “On my first night as DJ, I was so worried about not messing up the music that I forgot my main job is to scare. I heard one customer say to her friend ‘he’s not scary.’  I knew I had to change her mind, so I looked around my stage for something I could use as a prop weapon to go and terrorize this girl.  The only thing I could find was a roll of Duct Tape I used to anchor down some loose cables. The sound the tape makes when forcefully peeled off the roll can be terrifying in the right situation, because it can bring a connotation of being bound and abducted. I leaped down from the stage and ripped the tape out extremely close to the girl’s ear. Once she got off the ground from collapsing in fear (and her friend stopped laughing at her), she came up to me and asked for a picture together. I brought her up on stage and put the tape over her mouth and wrist. The crowd went crazy and from there everyone wanted to be abducted by the DJ.”
    
Hard workers all around, this family does not rest.  They plot, plan and work for the opening of their haunt year round and this year is no different as they plan to allow customers to live out their zombie apocalypse fantasy.  Full costumed zombie actors will roam the grounds while customers blast their way (with I-Combat laser tag guns) through the Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D for the right to live another day. Todd states. “We always want to be pushing the envelope, to give another way for people to face their fears. That’s why we started, we wanted to scare people, and what can be more frightening than having to fight flesh hungry zombies while trying to find a way out of a dark basement?”  
    
In a world crazed for the preparation of a zombie apocalypse, I couldn’t agree more, but whether zombies or mutants or clowns are your affliction, one thing is certain…When you come to the Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D, you will get scared inside, outside, in the dark and in the light!
 

 
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Virginia Haunted Hunt Club Farm Haunted House Review
Fri, March 14, 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia's - Haunted Hunt Club Farm

By Hauntworld Magazine

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Virginia Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America!  Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America!  Haunted Hunt Club Farm is located in Virginia Beach and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America!  Prepare to scream!  Sit back and prepare to scream through our review of Haunted Hunt Club Farm. This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Virginia, Haunted Hunt Club Farm.

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For most of the year, the 23-acre family-owned Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach, Virginia is a family entertainment center, of sorts – the epitome of agricultural tourism. The farm operates a market and petting farm, hosts educational field trips, a 10-week summer camp, birthday parties, huge Easter Egg Hunt, Fall Harvest Fair and Winter Wonderland attraction, and has a full schedule of private parties, company picnics and wedding receptions. But come late September, the pulse quickens and the focus flips to full-on fear, when Haunted Hunt Club Farm opens for business. Haunted Houses in Virginia is fast growing state for Halloween and haunted houses to date its not one of the states that pop to mind when thinking about the biggest and best attractions.  Virginia Haunted Houses and Attractions are coming up fast and sneaking up on the industry and now finally we are able to showcase simply one of the best haunted houses and scariest haunted attractions in all of Virginia.  Over the next few years we expect to see Virgina as one of the biggest, and fastest growing states for haunted houses!  Hauntworld is proud to showcase our very first featured article on a haunted house in Virginia Beach.
 
With more than 30,000-plus visitors each Halloween season, Haunted Hunt Club Farm is the largest privately-owned Halloween attraction in the Coastal Virginia region, an area of southeastern Virginia that is home to 1.6 million people – the fifth largest metro area in the southeast.  It is also one of the longest-running haunts, not only in the southeast, but in the country.

In 2013, Haunted Hunt Club Farm celebrated its 25th anniversary – a quarter century of haunting visitors from around the country. Haunted Hunt Club Farm began in 1988 when owner John Vogel, who was already operating a farm market, offering Pumpkin Patch field trips and daytime hayrides, decided to start a haunted attraction.

He didn’t have to look far for inspiration, as his hometown, Virginia Beach, is known as one of the most haunted areas in the state for several reasons. First, its seemingly endless coastline is home to countless shipwrecks and remains of sailors who never completed their journeys. Also, in the early 18th century, the city was home to Grace Sherwood, perhaps the most infamous suspected witch in the country.  And right in Vogel’s backyard stands a piece of real ghost history, a true haunted house. Known as Woodhouse Manor, the two-story Dutch gambrel brick home was built in 1760, and its history includes the untimely death of one owner, Willie Butt.

During the hurricane of 1936, Butt was trying to move his horses to safety and was struck in the head by a large piece of tin that had been ripped from the barn roof. He was knocked unconscious and carried by his family into the home, where he died a few days later, becoming the hurricane’s lone fatality. The ghost of Butt, known as “Willie” to later residents, has made himself known to the home’s residents and visitors for the past 50 years, but always in the friendliest of ways. According to different owners of the home, Willie has been most active – making noises and moving objects around the house – during big get-togethers (especially those involving children as Willie was a father of nine).

When Vogel decided to set up Haunted Hunt Club Farm, he had no interest in friendly ghosts like Willie. He wanted to scare folks in a haunted barn, but the required sprinkler system just wasn’t financially feasible. Vogel’s friend Kent Forbush suggested a haunted hayride instead.  “A bunch of us thought, ‘Wow, that’s a great idea,’” Vogel recalled.

Within days, and with the help of Forbush, Billy Gwynn and some friends, they had a group of teenagers from a local high school sports team dressed in scary gear, some toting flashlights and others cranking up chainsaws, hiding along a route in the woods, while two wagons crept through. “We had no power, tractors got stuck, but people loved it,” he said of the hayride, which cost guest $4 per ride at the time.

Vogel added power the second year and rebuilt the route so several wagons could run. He started purchasing props and hiring actors. “We had fun,” he recalled. “It wasn’t about making money.”
 
 
A few years in, a guy pulled up in a hearse and introduced himself to Vogel. His name was Jim Johnson, and he owned a haunted attraction at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront called the Haunted Mansion (which currently operates as Nightmare Mansion). “He’s been a big help to this day,” Vogel said of Johnson. “We’ve become best friends. He’s a mentor. I go to him a lot.”

Johnson introduced Vogel to fiberglass artist Mark Cline and he started buying props from Cline’s Natural Bridge, a VA based business, Enchanted Castle Studios, L.L.C.  Vogel also hired Christian Anderson, AKA the “World’s Greatest Chicken Wire Artist”, to build props, having known the work Anderson did for Todd James at Cutting Edge Haunted House in Ft. Worth, Texas.
 
In 1996, Johnson wanted to take Vogel to SpookyWorld, which was located in Berlin, Massachusetts at the time. “That’s where I got the idea of a haunted theme park with multiple events,” Vogel said.  So he returned to Virginia Beach and created the Village of the Dead, a wooded walk through with a dozen creepy shacks, a bell tower, swamp, black hole and dark claustrophobia tunnel.

Another idea pulled from Spookyworld was having celebrity guests. Having seen Tiny Tim signing autographs at SpookyWorld, Vogel decided to bring in Kane Hodder (the original Jason Voorhees) and Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) during the second year of his new and improved attraction.  “It was the worst season we ever had – it rained every night,” Vogel recalled. “We were closed, but people still came. It blew me away.”

In 1999, Vogel met Randi Fussell, a pharmaceutical rep who had recently moved to the farm and agreed to work part-time handling Halloween Group Sales. “That first year was so much fun,” Randi recalled. “I caught the Halloween bug, but whew - I saw so much potential.”

John and Randi married in 2000. Randi left her sales job and put all of her energy into the farm. “I met Randi and that’s when everything started changing,” Vogel recalled, laughing. “The party’s gone – Now it’s a business.”

With Christian Anderson’s help, the Vogels designed a daytime corn maze, which they converted into the nighttime Halloween attraction Field of Screams in 2000. While the daytime maze didn’t work out, the Field became an overnight success. It was a showcase for the most nouveau, truly obscure sets, costumes and props.

In 2001, the Vogels were approached by Clear Channel Communications to partner together to open a haunted theme park at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, which Clear Channel owned at the time. With the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em mentality” (since the Amphitheater is less than three miles from the farm), the Vogels agreed to the partnership.  J.D. oversaw the haunted house, wicked woods walk and 3D maze (the first in the area); Randi managed the three events back at Haunted Hunt Club Farm.

After two seasons of low turnout at the Amphitheater, the Vogels and Clear Channel parted ways amicably after the 2002 season. “It just didn’t work,” J.D. said. “It would take a long time to build up something like that, but financially, it wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t worth the time and stress.”
 

 
Randi said the Haunted Hunt Club Farm experience is truly unique, “…a tradition that is hard to replicate.” She added, “The hayride especially is a great draw for people.  There’s something about getting out in the cool fall air and huddling up with a group of friends on the wagon.”

After so many years of success, the annual Halloween festival is a local institution, featuring three main attractions: the Haunted Hayride, Village of the Dead and Field of Screams. Every year, each gets a new theme with fresh blood – by way of new actors that join an existing cast of over-the-top performers. Besides the dozens of support staffers required to pull off a successful season, Haunted Hunt Club employs 80 paid actors and 30-plus volunteers every Halloween.

The festival’s most popular attraction, the Haunted Hayride – Virginia’s longest-running – takes voyeurs on a rugged 20-minute ride through the deep, dark woods of Haunted Hunt Club Farm. Unprotected from the elements and all the things that go “bump” in the night, daring riders can always expect a grim and graphic display of murderous mayhem through the ride’s various elaborate scenes as a motley crew of blood-thirsty psychopaths walk alongside and sometimes jump onto the hay wagons, intimidating riders all along the way.

The haunted path through the woods is narrow, especially the one through the decrepit old barn, located just past the farm’s ominous graveyard. The wagons enter the barn known as “the tunnel”. The doors slam shut, and riders experience complete darkness and momentary silence, until the booming horror soundtrack starts and the “tunnel rats” put on their sinister show. This is the prelude to the hayride’s chilling grand finale, which finishes on the other side with flame throwers, air canons and the “end” of whatever the year’s storyline is. In its own twisted way, the hayride crew has covered everything from “Alice in Wonderland” to the Seven Deadly Sins to classic horror movies.

“The Haunted Hayride features moments of narration to move the story along and is easily the most intense, especially as the patron is stuck on the hayride itself, forced to move at the speed of the tractor pulling the wagons, and not at their own too hurried pace,” Halloween blogger Crossbones McKraken wrote in 2010.

The Village of the Dead is an outdoor wooded walk through with a winding path and overall medieval feel. The mysterious Village is packed with freaks in every form all with the singular goal of exploiting their visitors’ deepest fears. No matter the theme, guests can always count on facing claustrophobia, creepy crawly creatures and an overzealous clown or two, among other horrors.
USA Travel Guide summed up the experience in 2009: “The Village gets a little gory at times, but we love its sense of place. Too many haunted houses shuffle from one random scare room to the next. Benefiting no doubt from the outdoor space, the Village of the Dead has a lot going on, but it still manages to evoke its theme. This is one village you’d never want to visit.”

The Field of Screams, a dark and eerie two-acre cornfield, is tightly packed with 10-foot-high stalks and is crawling with zombies, as everyone around these parts knows that more than corn comes out of the ground at Haunted Hunt Club Farm. Regarded as the festival’s most up-close and personal event, the dark and winding maze puts the flesh-eating undead on the same narrow path with their prey. There’s no escaping the corn-stalking immortals; there’s only one way in and one way out of the Field, which features an eerie fog room and unnerving black maze.

“You might not think much of walking through a cornfield at night, but it was truly frightening, even when you saw the person running up to scare you,” recalled writer Jo Fegan in her 2013 article in The Captain’s Log. “The actors don’t just jump out at you either, though they do that in abundance, leaping out at any part of the group without prejudice. No, the actors frequently follow you and you won’t know until they growl right in your ear!”
 

The farm also received this favorable feedback in 2012 from Robert Morast, assistant features editor at The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, when his team of expert reporters dubbed the haunt “scariest” of seven area attractions, including Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream: “The monsters may chase you without reason, there are scenes of flayed viscera and it's not uncommon for a screaming girl in a baby doll dress to lower her voice and whisper threats in your ear. Plus, when you're on the Haunted Hayride and some freak, literally, jumps onto the ride from seemingly nowhere you know this was crafted by people who care about curating screams.”

Haunted Hunt Club Farm has received lots of positive press over the years, including six “Best of the Beach” awards, which are given by The Virginian-Pilot after area residents select their favorite local businesses.

Haunted Hunt Club Farm offers more than just three main attractions. Guests are treated to side shows like Krendl’s KreepShow (a horror-tinged freak show), high-energy performances by Seven Cities Spinners Fire Troupe, towering stilt walkers and a pair of chainsaw-wielding clowns named HeckLess and ReckLess, who like to chase screaming scaredy-cats around the farm. And every night, a local radio station hosts a catchy promotion. Visitors have done everything from smash pumpkins to spend the night on site for a “Fear the Farm” contest. (All of this, plus unlimited trips through the attractions is included with the All-You-Can-Scream Wristband for $25.)

The festival also features a full-fledged carnival complete with games and a Ferris wheel which pairs perfectly with the haunted events. Besides refreshments (like the farm’s hugely popular candied and caramel apples) and merchandise from various on-site vendors, the carnival attractions are the only thing not included in the price.

There are also a lot of good-for-the-community activities going down at the farm. Since Coastal Virginia is the east coast epicenter of military activity, each Sunday is “Military Appreciation Night,” where service members and their families receive a substantial discount off admission. Haunted Hunt Club Farm does a two-day blood drive with the American Red Cross every mid-October, where they give a pair of tickets to each of the 100 donors. And the Vogels are committed to supporting fundraisers, allowing school sports teams and other organizations to sell tickets and keep a percentage of the proceeds.

“We do a good job,” J.D. said. “We have very loyal customers, great neighbors and our employees and actors have been with us a long time.”  Kathy “Bitch 1” Parsons has run the Haunted Hayride with her husband Terry since 1991. Rhonda “Mistress of the Graveyard” Rowe co-manages the Village of the Dead with Jason Lingle since 1994. And Russ “Redmon” Pruitt runs the Field of Screams with his wife Bonnie and friend Don “Doz” Turner since 2001. Although preparation is a year-round practice, this is the crew who starts officially planning each year’s themes in June of each year and also judges the August auditions. The actors leave daytime jobs as paralegals, social workers and military reservists, dedicating their nights to immersing themselves in entertaining the masses at Haunted Hunt Club Farm.
 

The Vogels attribute their continued popularity to great employees, including their dedication to keeping things fresh. “We used to have a lot of animatronics, but when it comes to an event like this, you can’t beat good actors. We allow our managers to use complete creative license. Because of that, we have three very unique events, and they are different every year.”
In terms of mixing it up, J.D. admitted it’s becoming harder to come up with new themes without repeating them, but the team continues to deliver. “That’s why we go to shows like the Halloween show,” he said. “It’s wonderful to see what people are coming out with.”

J.D. said Haunted Hunt Club Farm will continue to go for “good ol’ fashioned scary,” adding that he’s found that the dark and fear of not knowing are the easiest and best ways to scare guests and keep them coming back for more.

They’ll also continue to get the word out about their haunt. The farm’s website www.huntclubfarm.com regularly gets just under 100,000 hits between September 15 and Halloween every year, and of those, nearly 70,000 are unique visitors. And through the site, Haunted Hunt Club Farm has built an e-mail list of nearly 17,000 addresses, which they use to send out coupons, general information and dates and times for radio promos.

The farm’s social media presence has taken off considerably in the past year. Between the farm’s two Facebook pages www.facebook.com/HuntClubFarm and www.facebook.com/hauntedhuntclubfarm, they have over 33,000 “likes,” and their following on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest continues to grow.

“I strongly believe heavy marketing, promotions and solid relationships with local media outlets have definitely contributed to our success,” Randi said, adding that these avenues have helped the farm reach a larger audience, increasing traffic from outside the state.

From humble beginnings with a $4 hayride to a haunted theme park with multiple attractions, sideshows and a carnival, Haunted Hunt Club Farm is THE go-to Halloween event in southeastern Virginia. Anyone who was raised in Virginia Beach probably has a memory of Haunted Hunt Club Farm, and if it’s up to the Vogels and their talented team of actors and support personnel, those guests’ children and grandchildren will create those same macabre memories in the future.



 
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