ABOUT OUR HAUNT...
My name is Sam Kellman, I run this crazy thing, and I'm 17 years old. I've been into theater and filmmaking for as long as I could remember, and of course, have always had a love for Halloween. The amazing thing about the haunt is that it's a great way to combine all three of these things.
I started this haunt in 2011 as a Halloween party. I'd always wanted to do a haunt of some kind, so at the party, I created my own little haunted house in my BEDROOM! At the end of a cardboard maze, my dad awaited anyone foolish enough to steal his candy. Yeah, it was pretty dumb. But it all stemmed from there.
As the years went on, my haunt grew bigger and better. In 2012, it moved to our front lawn with a variety of themes. In 2013 (my first "true" haunt) the maze went around the perimeter of our house, with a Pirates of the Caribbean theme and our first year with live actors. (Other than my dad!) And in 2014, we introduced "The Sum of All Scares", which was another haunt that included multiple themes in one maze. Following this maze, thanks to Theme Park Adventure and some amazing others, the word about the haunt spread.
That summer, I was on a panel at ScareLA, and in October, moved into a new venue for 2015. I created "The Dollhouse of Death", a walkthrough maze using more high-tech features than I ever had in the past.
Then came 2016. I wanted to do something a little different than any yard haunt had done before, and created "Apparition Adventure", an interactive experience utilizing guests' smartphones. The first half of the experience was an interactive audio tour, while the second half was a mini-maze, with more interactivity and live actors.
2017! We had an extremely successful turnout at Midsummer Scream with the walkthrough "mini-haunt" sequel to Apparition Adventure, dubbed "TERROR TWINS". But for our main 2017 attraction, we went with a little something different than past years. The Opechee Haunt put on a show experience as opposed to a walkthrough, called Jack's Halloween JamBOOree! This family-friendly show delighted guests of all ages, as over 1,000 visited to witness the spooky spectacular.
In 2018, we brought the cult classic film Donnie Darko to life at The Donnie Darko Experience, a theatrical and psychological haunt attraction that allowed guests to explore the deepest, darkest regions of the Tangent Universe... completely ALONE. This has been our most intense experience to date, featuring replica sets, brand-new special effects, a total cast of over 20 performers, and thrilling hundreds of guests night after night.
Well, well, well... what's next to come from The Opechee Haunt in 2019?
Only time will tell.