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The House of Shock Horror Show: Time to Say Goodbye.

Updated on October 30, 2017
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24 year cast member, crew captain and community liaison. Saying goodbye to this place and the lifestyle is definitely not easy.

Are the rumors true?

So is House of Shock really closing? A lot of people remember a few years ago when the owners were ready to walk away when they could. A big deal was made, new stories were circulated; and a lot of tears were shed from over 300 people that worked at the New Orleans based haunted attraction. I remember this, because I was one of them. I stood back stage on our "last night" and sobbed like a teenage girl who just got dumped. I felt like I was in mourning. All of the cast and crew members were devastated. We could not imagine spending October any other way; so we decided to try and raise money for the owners to show them how much we wanted to continue breathing life into The House of Shock. Since we still had a lease, and had a warehouse full of stuff; we could make it work right?

Here we are now, a few years later wrapping things up the right way. Of course I am horribly sad, but I would like to go out in style than to be considered some washed up group of old people holding onto something that is no longer killer and mind-blowing. New owners are stepping in to take this place in a very exciting direction. They are very familiar with the haunt industry, with over 13 successful haunts across the United States. What is even better is they are also very big fans of House of Shock. I am not going to speak for anyone else, but I truly hope that these guys stick to their word and take this location to the next level for 2018.

It is time to say goodbye. I have been doing this for 24 years. Fun fact about me, I have been kicked out of the haunt at least 3 times for excessive violence. UM not against patrons, but other cast. I got the warning speeches from the owners when I was younger and of course pushed those boundaries like all teens do. This is a place I have grown up and have seen hundreds of others age with the haunt as well. I start my night off with taping or wrapping my knees that are starting to give out, I get cast members to rub my neck occasionally when it starts to ache from breaking it 10 years ago, I even swallow some ibuprofen before the night gets under way. I have accepted the fact that I am old. People that do not understand my love for haunting, look at me like I am crazy for pushing myself. My logic? It is only once a year. Suffer for the cause right?

So what do I do next year? Stick it out with the new owners? Find another haunt? Start my own traveling haunt troop? Wish me luck.

My 2017 Costume....."the collector"

What sucks about a new character, is you don't start really getting into it until the season is almost over!
What sucks about a new character, is you don't start really getting into it until the season is almost over!

House of Shock's Final Year: Interview with Ross Karpelman and Walk-Through

The FIRST House of Shock Flyer

Final thoughts from our 25th Anniversary Cast about the end being so near

"I'm finally coming to the realization that even though there will be another haunt here next year it WILL NEVER be The House of Shock. I will never have another family like y'all and it hurts. I'm going to kick ass tonight and tomorrow night, like always, then I'm going to cry like a baby. I love you all!!!" ~ Steve St. Pierre

"I feel Bittersweet about these last two nights. House Of Shock helped me come out of my Shell, for that I am forever Grateful. Allowed me to Play Drums in the Haunted House I am forever Grateful for these opportunities. All I can focus on, is putting on the Best show I can with my Comrades both here in the Flesh and the ones we've lost. Strength And Honor is what will fuel me in these Two nights." ~ Alex Rusher

"I feel a mixture of anxiety, sadness and a touch if haunt plague. Anxiety over whats to come, sadness for whats veing left behind and a touch of plague because well.... its Hell Week." ~ Clayton Manning

"Ready to do the damn thing" ~Stephen Lee

"Upset I'm going to have to miss these last few days. Glad I was able to be part of the final year, I'll miss Shock, and YOU GUYS BETTER STAY IN CONTACT OR IMA RUN ALL OF YOU OVER" ~Gage Ryan Parfait

"I feel very tired, physically and mentally. But also sentimental, and my heart is getting heavier as our last night comes closer. I want to make the most out of the short time we have left at Shock!" ~Jennifer Carter

"The house of shock has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have meet friends and family and more here. This wasn’t just about a haunted house or scaring people. This is a family where anyone regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation everyone is accepted for who they truly are and loved for it." ~Chance Wollaston

"Excited for two big nights of scares, then when I see Sandy with the light come through, tears i'm sure." ~Scott Holmes

"Effnn A" ~ Matthew Perkins (the other bartender :)

"Feeling great but ask tomorrow after we done I'll say feeling broke down like a Cadillac with 4 flat tires" ~De'Loren Yucare

"We will get through this" ~Holley MF Coleman

"I feel unsure as this ends a legacy. A quarter century that has become part of New Orleans as the city has welcomed it. I remember attending the second year of Shock was in operation with my father and it became our October tradition. Shock was always my favorite among all the haunts we attended. My dad got sick and passed away, and I didn’t return to Shock until after Katrina. I have been in The Family for 6 years now, and I hope that what follows can live up to the standards set by everyone who has ever acted at Shock. I will forever be a part of my Shock Family and hope everyone stays in touch." ~Cheri Silverfox Cerio

"Excited for scares to come tonight and tomorrow. However, knowing it is an end of an era saddens me. But looking at everyone and knowing the family I gained in the haunt is a lasting impression I carry and look forward to get together a to catch up with everyone!" ~Elizabeth Saunee

" Happy to have made such great memories and friendships in the last 8 years since The Johnston Family joined HOS family! Sad for the change, but c'est la vie!" ~Jackie Johnston

"I have so many questions about what happens next. I hope there's a meeting or some sort of announcements made." ~Tessie Alligood

"HoS has been one of the most fun, exciting, tiring, full of love and horror! Never again will this much adoration for a place and people I will ever have. I have made some of the best friends a girl can have here. And my door is always open for you if you ever need me or Trevor. All are welcome" ~Mary Halford



Dead House Design Crew Members: Jason and Ernie

Final thoughts from one of our main set builders, Jason aka BigHead

"I have to poop"

A backstage peek

House of Shock 25th Anniversary Looking Back on History "Birth of the Antichrist"

Lisa from NOLA Suspension

"I've spent most Octobers for the last 23 years at House of Shock. I'm not even sure how Halloween works for the rest of the city!"

NOLA SUSPENSION

Lacey from NOLA Suspension

"Feel like I've been dancing with the devil and being drug thru the graves"

Office Manager, Sandy does a lot more than just supporting the haunt during October. He is a consistent first prize winner for our Mardi Gras Float and NOLA Hearse Club
Office Manager, Sandy does a lot more than just supporting the haunt during October. He is a consistent first prize winner for our Mardi Gras Float and NOLA Hearse Club

Final thoughts from Sandy our Warehouse Manager Extrodanaire

"Every stage show that happens in front of me pulls out more emotions as the final show is not far off"

Front man and voice behind the megaphone: Skungy

"Sad yet dead sexy" ~Skungy
"Sad yet dead sexy" ~Skungy

The Labranche Family

"Tell you the truth,I'm feeling very lost,my kids have grown up around this place and everyone, have grown to love this place,my kids think of everyone as family and It just has not hit me yet that we will not be there next year" ~Olga
"Tell you the truth,I'm feeling very lost,my kids have grown up around this place and everyone, have grown to love this place,my kids think of everyone as family and It just has not hit me yet that we will not be there next year" ~Olga

the Scoop 54 - Ross Karpelman

We eat pizza during October....A LOT.

With an October bill of about $4,000 on just pizza, I think Papa Johns will miss us.
With an October bill of about $4,000 on just pizza, I think Papa Johns will miss us.

The Reverand B. Dangerous Freak show: coming to your town next?

Everyone expresses how they feel about Halloween in their own way......

Getting creative with the chest hair
Getting creative with the chest hair

We will never forget these moments

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