1969: Scary Tales was linked to the American astronauts’ moon landing earlier that year. Soon after the Haunted House opened that year, it lived up to its theme in an unexpected way—someone phoned in a bomb threat. An evacuation followed, proving that the safety plans the Guild had developed functioned perfectly. Fortunately no explosives were found.
Co-Chairs: Julia Lacy, Shirley Cline
1968: Hoosier Haunted House was based on the precept of visitors finding themselves amid a convention of ghosts, goblins, witches, and warlocks. For the first time the Haunted House included an intercom system, installed in case of emergencies. The Guild also put up a long tent-like enclosure outside to protect visitors waiting in line from inclement weather.
Co-Chairs: Frances French, Avis Skinner
1967: Haunted Outer Space was linked to Americans’ fascination at the time with space exploration, basing the event’s thrills and chills on planets and futures unknown. Bev Coppinger once again wrote and illustrated a companion coloring book. It was in 1967 that the Haunted House was visited by mentalist George Joseph Kresge, better know as The Amazing Kreskin.
Co-Chairs: Bev Coppinger, Joan Laycock
1966: Hoosier Haunted House featured individual rooms based on tales from Indiana’s past, a bow to the fact that 1966 was the state’s sesquicentennial. Member Bev Coppinger wrote and illustrated Hoosier Haunted House, a coloring book that featured 12 ghost stories from Indiana history as well as James Whitcomb Riley’s poem The Nine Little Goblins.
Co-Chairs: Gloria Blake, Jean Meyer
1965: A Victorian Mansion featured rooms such as the “Monster’s Game Room”, “Cellar of Spooky Spirits”, “Stormy Study”, “Mystic Music Room”, “Room of Evil Eyes”, and “Terror in the Attic”.Co-Chairs: Rosie Gatewood, Betty Givens
1964: The Haunted House featured “Mad Doctors”, “Brewing Witches”, “Upside Down Room”, plus many more fabulous “spooky” areas to wander through.
Chair: Dessie Partenheimer