If Ike wasn’t enough to scare you, local Haunted Houses are up and running.
We called up a couple of Houston’s more popular Halloween attractions to see if they survived the storm. The four longest-running houses made it through will little more than a couple of scratches. And all have electricity.
“Our façade had some minor damage to it, but that was really all we had,” says Jim Fetterly of ScreamWorld located off North Sam Houston Parkway. “We were very, very fortunate.”
This is true. Haunted House owners get a little more than a month to do a year’s worth of business. Even missing one weekend can amount in losing a huge chunk of change.
The folks over at Phobia suffered damage to only one of their six attractions at the 290 location. The outdoor haunt will be closed this weekend as fallen trees are cleared out of pathways – but the other five indoor houses survived and are prepared to scare.
Phobia’s I-45 location in Texas City is one of the few places in the area with power.
“Our customer base is still screwed over,” says owner Paul (who prefers we don’t use his last name). We bet they’ll be happy to hear that the fake houses in the area have their power back.
Nightmare on the Bayou’s hotline says it is open for business. The location next to Party Boy off I-10 and Studemont will be open through November 2. Hopefully you’ll have power back before then, but if not we’re pretty sure all these places have air conditioning – if you don’t mind getting the bejeezus scared out of you.
— Dusti Rhodes
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