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By Michelle Hagans
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About this project

Do you like to be scared? We want to scare you!

Brief Project Overview

Hagan's House of Horrors has been serving up Halloween thrills to Bladensburg, OH, and surrounding area for the last two and a half years. In light of some property changes in the wake of 2015's Halloween, we're in a position to expand and grow into a larger venue - but we need your help! The $7,900 (or more!) that we raise with this campaign will go toward the building itself, and will match our own contributions into the project. Keep reading for more detailed information on our history and the scope of our final Halloween scare space!

The Backstory: A New Birth for Old Horror

Two and a half years ago, our family took their tradition of creating annual haunted trails and of working in seasonal haunted houses and turned one of our personal homes into an elaborate haunt for just a couple of nights complete with a cast of a couple of dozen family members, friends and neighbors. All of the donated proceeds that year benefited our local Christmas lighting in the village of Bladensburg, Ohio. 

The Entry to Our 2014 Home Haunt
The Entry to Our 2014 Home Haunt

We raised a nice little chunk of change with our mini haunt but, even more than that, the response to what we did was so amazing, we decided to go full commercial (we are a legally organized, for profit, LLC in the state of Ohio) after that and, knowing the community was poised to take over a closed school building in town to use as a community center, we committed to leasing and haunting a large portion of that. That building was to be our our means to scare a whole lot of folks, to provide some seasonal jobs for the community, to earn a profit for our fledgling business and to provide needed operating revenue for the community center.

Winter gave way to Spring in 2015 and Spring to Summer with no turnover of that building. In late July last year, because we didn't yet have access to it, we made a business decision to lease space and run run for the 2015 Halloween season in an indoor motocross arena in a nearby village. We weren't ideally located for 2015 and we got a very late start - It was mid-August before we could start haunt building - but we were able to put a haunt together that we were proud of. 

Since we were essentially working in a pole barn with lighting but minimal electrical service otherwise, we had to build from the ground up and we had to add additional electrical service to power what we had. Instead of the nice, tight rooms you'd typically find in a haunt, we went big since we couldn't adequately build and internally support dozens of smaller rooms. The net effect was, our actors had plenty of room to roam!

The MX Arena that Served as Our 2015 Haunt Home
The MX Arena that Served as Our 2015 Haunt Home

We have an AMAZING group of friends and neighbors - who fast became friends - who worked an 11 night schedule as unpaid volunteers in 2015 to make our dream of owning our own haunt a reality. We did more with actors than we ever dreamed possible. There were nights where more than 40 actors and staffers took to the floor to scare every soul that dared to venture through the door. 

Some of the Cast and Crew from one Night in the 2015 Haunt
Some of the Cast and Crew from one Night in the 2015 Haunt

We were happy with the outcome and we looked forward to a 2016 season in the old school building where we would finally be positioned to have a permanent set up.

Well, it's 2016. The building was due to be turned over in January and then February but now the transfer is upheld pending the outcome of litigation that could drag on for years. We can't wait. We took a look at the property we already own and determined, with some modifications and some protections for our neighbors, we could build on our own site to have a building ready in time for the 2016 Halloween season and for events and special showings after the season and for years to come. 

This Historical Barn is Coming Down Piece by Piece to Make Way for the New Build
This Historical Barn is Coming Down Piece by Piece to Make Way for the New Build

 We've solicited quotes on a post frame construction building from multiple vendors. These buildings come as kits, most assembly required. The one we've decided on has a base structure that's 40'x80' long and costs, delivered to our site, just over $14,000.

Post Frame Building to Be the New Home of Hagan's House of Horrors
Post Frame Building to Be the New Home of Hagan's House of Horrors

 We've saved and scraped together $7,000 toward the cost of the kit. We have to hire a bulldozer and operator to level the land, a crew to help set the posts and a crane and operator to set the trusses. Our amazing family, friends and neighbors, to the tune of three dozen people and counting, have volunteered their time to assist with the 'haunt raising' if we feed them for a weekend...or so. Once the structure is complete, our local power provider will need to be paid to run lines to the building and a licensed electrician will have to be contracted to set up all of our lighting, emergency lighting and other electrical needs in keeping with local code ordinances. 

We've estimated a total cost to put this building in place at just over $21,000 leaving us around $14,000 short of our currently available funding not already earmarked for the actual haunt build out (once we have a building), insurance and advertising. The funding we're asking for, $7,900, will pay the rest of the bill for the building itself and our fees to use this site. We'll continue to save to fund the other costs like the electrical work but it's our hope that this Kickstarter campaign will raise some of those funds too by exceeding our initial funding request with the help and support of our family, friends and the Kickstarter community.

Our intent with all funds currently on hand and funds to be raised is to order our building kit in mid to late May, once we receive your contributions to the build. We'll have the bulldozer in to level once the old barn is down (shown above) so construction can begin as soon as the post frame kit arrives at our site. We expect to have a fully functional building, minus electrical, by late June. Once the building is standing. We'll contract to have electrical service added.

This is our passion as an entire family. There are nearly a dozen people chomping at the bit to get this campaign started so they can help to find pledges and several dozen people in the family and in this community, as we previously said, who can't wait until the first truckload of materials shows up on site. Once it's up and electrified, the real fun of creating an all new haunt begins! 

The Entry to Our 2015 Haunt Guarded by Our Hauntmaster Rich 'Twisty' Casteel and His Son Alex
The Entry to Our 2015 Haunt Guarded by Our Hauntmaster Rich 'Twisty' Casteel and His Son Alex

We're ready to go. Every project dollar you send us will go right to acquiring and erecting this building and outfitting it to code. Every reward that's promised will be faithfully delivered with our most sincere thanks for your support and encouragement. For those of you that select rewards that include tickets, we hope to see you using them in October so we can thank you in person.

From all of us at Hagan's House of Horrors, Thank you!

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Meet some of Our Haunters:

Buzz - at 6'5", he makes quite an imposing clown!
Buzz - at 6'5", he makes quite an imposing clown!
Our hospital crew. The bloodcurdling scream you hear on the video before our...victim...takes off running comes from the bloody patient...
Our hospital crew. The bloodcurdling scream you hear on the video before our...victim...takes off running comes from the bloody patient...
The Casteel Family Haunters
The Casteel Family Haunters
One of our top secret black hall queens of terror begged to wear this dress for just one night. Our favorite photo bomber is in the background!
One of our top secret black hall queens of terror begged to wear this dress for just one night. Our favorite photo bomber is in the background!

 Reviews:

"We just went to Hagans house of horrors and it was a blast!!!!!! Deffanitly worth the 10 dollars to go, i may even go again before October is over!!!!! I hope everyone goes and checks it out!!!!" ~ Amber Tomlin

"So I just went through not to long ago and I'm pretty sure they got a kick out of me and my sister! But it was worth the money for sure! Terrifying but super fun!" ~  Mistie Borghese

"Amazing! I jumped in someone else's car and left mine there because I was so scared! Great job!" ~ Mandy Frost

"Scariest haunted house ever been to, definitely worth the 10 bucks." ~ RJ Snyder (Ed note: We know RJ. He was a linebacker on his high school football team. At about the half way point, he left his sister by herself and ran the rest of the way through the haunt completing it in record time. His sister, left to fend off zombies and clowns and more alone, did not fare well...)

"This is a must do for Halloween. It was a blast! It will scare you for sure..... Nobody warned us about the dark room :-(" ~ Sherri Workman Lechner

Rewards:

Hagan's House of Horrors Logo Sticker
Hagan's House of Horrors Logo Sticker
 
Hagan's House of Horrors Logo T-Shirt (Adult Sizes S-4X)
Hagan's House of Horrors Logo T-Shirt (Adult Sizes S-4X)

Risks and challenges

There WILL BE a Hagan's House of Horrors, 2016 Edition. The risk here - with all or nothing funding - is that we don't hit our funding goal and so we don't receive any funding from backers. If that happens, we'll still have a haunt. It will just be a much smaller haunt than we anticipated that we'll have to add on to as we can.

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    Your name or your business name featured permanently on a dedicated supporter page on the Hagans House of Horrors website.

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    The above plus access to behind the scenes updates not available to the public and a ticket to the haunt good for one visit during the 2016 Halloween season.

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    Everything from rewards 1-6 plus your choice of the opportunity to work on the haunt design and set up for a day or acting in the haunt for a night during the 2016 Halloween season. You must be at least 18 years old as of October 1st and have a clean criminal history.

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    1-8 above with permanent recognition as a platinum tier sponsor and permanent naming rights for you or your business for the 'Blackout Maze'. Also, long term advertising opportunities with us for you or your business. And, finally, tickets for 32 additional people (36 total) to attend a full dress rehearsal the weekend before we open for the season and a cast party afterward.

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