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What Does It Take To Start A Haunted House?

Michael Hagerty visits a local haunted house and talks with a married couple about how they took their frightening creation from the family garage to their local mall.


Maybe you're one of the many Houstonians who will go to a commercial haunted house this Halloween. You'll shuffle through some dark, crowded space where things and people will jump out at you, making your heart nearly jump out of your chest.

And you'll pay for the privilege. That's because haunted houses are a business. But it's easy to forget that when the business involves fake blood and a plastic meat clever.

So, what does it take to start a professional haunted house? Michael Hagerty found out by visiting the Vanished Into the Darkness haunted house, which runs through Nov. 1, 2015, at West Oaks Mall.


Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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