We get several dozen emails each year about the haunted house where,
if you make it all the way through, you get your money back.
IT'S AN URBAN LEGEND
- IT DOESN'T EXIST -
If anyone can send us the
exact location of such a place in NC, SC, or VA
(and any other info; name, website, phone, contact, times open,
we'll go to it, go through (well, as far as possible),
and give you a report on the FrightSeekers Forum!
And we'll send you $50 for proving us wrong.
is the haunted house with thirteen floors where they have live snakes
and you get your money back if you make it all the way to the end?
it's an Urban Legend. There's no such haunt. We promise. Doesn't
exist. Really. Seriously. Nadda. Nope.
Snopes.com has a great article on this topic. (If
the link above doesn't work, go to www.snopes.com,
search for "haunted house money back".)
In recent years, a few haunt owners have started haunts to capitalize
on this legend, the most notable is the "Urban
Legends Haunted House"
in Clinton, Michigan.
Although some haunted houses do have live animals as a part of
their show (there's the famous 'rat lady' at Universal Horror
Nights), animals and insects are generally considered just too
much trouble to manage, feed & keep healthy during the cold
of October - then what do you do with them the rest of the year?
is the Tom Sivini haunted hospital where you get your money back
if you make it all the way to the end? My brother's friend went
there and said its the scariets haunted house anywhere!
ok, you got us... we've been keeping this a secret from you for
all this time...
possible basis of this legend can be traced to a commercial haunted
attraction that was located just north of Atlanta, Georgia (its
closed and removed now, btw).
It had three haunted house attractions there: Tom Savini's Haunted
House, Elvira's Nightmare, and The Dungeon. The haunts were set
up in, of all things, an old abandonded area hospital. To our
knowledge, Savini and Elvira only licensed the use of their name
to the attractions, and didn't participate in the design or operation
of them. They did do some promotional work for the openings though.
In 1998, while they were still running, myself and some friends
went all the way through each of these haunts, and no, we didn't
get our money back, and there were only two floors. Sorry, no
live animals. Oh, and they were fun too.