Monster Bash's History and Past Haunts List
As of 2022, the Monster Bash Haunted Houses have donated $135,000 to the Music, Theater and Art programs at Fillmore Central Schools in Minnesota, which serve the communities of Fountain, Harmony and Preston in Fillmore County.
The Monster Bash Haunted Houses began with an idea back in 2012: Have students - with assistance from their families and other community members - plan, build and then run a Haunted House to "earn" money to offset the costs of the Fillmore Central Band & Choir trips. From those beginnings, the Haunted Houses have resulted in growth from very nearly Day 1. Starting with the early days of quick builds (3 days!) in the Harmony Community Center and no real "theme" to: creating different themes every year; becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and having our own "Monster Bash Building"; having the City of Harmony have a "Haunted Harmony" weekend; setting new attendance records each year and having our Haunts named the best in Minnesota by the minnesotahauntedhouses.org website!
The Monster Bash Haunted Houses continue to be "Different Every Year", have students "earn" dollars for their music trips and also supports the music, theater and arts programs at Fillmore Central Schools. It's been an amazing experience! And it couldn't have happened without the talents of our wonderful students, their families, our volunteers and - of course - people like you: the guests that we treat so "rottenly" by scaring them every year! Both the "newbies" visiting us the first time and all those who keep coming back year after year for the fun and the scare!
See below for a reverse chronological summary of the Haunted Houses that have been "Different Every Year" since 2012! Note that in 2022, we had a lot of fun with a B-movie horror theme called Slim Chance! which was our 10th Monster Bash Haunted House, and maybe our best one yet! If you were one of the nearly 3000 visitors we had to that Haunted House this most recent October, THANK YOU for helping us support music, theater and the arts at Fillmore Central Schools! Whether you visited us or missed us in 2022, come see us next year! We'll be Completely Different once again with a new theme, a new floor plan and scares from new directions! We hope to see you in 2023!
Our list of haunts so far!
2022 - "Slim Chance!"
"Slim Chance!" was not only our 10th Haunted House, it also incorporated a subtle homage to some of our best "scare floor" rooms of years past, with a twist or two! It also had us trying out the idea of creating a character that would pursue our guests through the haunt!
The Slim Chance! story was then done in the spirit of some of the old classic horror flicks (think Alfred Hitchcock) with a little of the 80's "slasher" flair from movies like Halloween included, which is why this year's logo is done in the style of some of those old movie posters from that bygone era!
The result was that our guests (you) were essentially "thrown into" a movie where you meet a young Slim just as he transforms - due to perceived cheating by a friend - from a mostly ordinary video-game loving teenager to a twisted, clown-fanatic killer who declares that you are "Cheaters Too!" From there, you are "transported" 20 years into the future where Slim - having never been caught - still wishes to make you cheaters pay, ultimately finding you in a favorite watering hole! From there the chase begins as you unwittingly stumble into the twisted world that Slim has created to terrify you to an ultimate doom! Strange, creepy and scary, Slim's "funhouse" has Slim subjecting you to all the twisted circus-like horrors he can think of! You survive all that only to now find yourself in an old warehouse, and discover where Slim has been living all these years, waiting just for you! The police eventually catch Slim, but - of course - he breaks free and pursues you anew! He didn't make you Cheaters pay this time, but vowing he'd find you, he'll never stop until he does! If you hear someone screaming "Cheaters!", you better run for your life!
Now, with the end of this haunt's run for 2022, we will wait and see if we earned another award from the minnesotahauntedhouses.com website. The award would be announced in August 2023 if we did! If we do, it's all because of our fantastic students and because of guests like you!
?? students were a part of the Haunt this year! (count still being determined at this time!
2021 - "Specter Gulch"
Coming back after the COVID year was exciting for us! The theme that had to wait for a year was an old west mining town which encountered something ancient and evil in the silver mine causing the crops to die, water to go bad, and all the residents to perish: leaving only their ghosts behind. Entering the town near the stables, the blacksmith and his daughter "greeted" visitors as they began their trip through the town. A doctor might be found, some surly bar maids accosted our guests in the upper level of the seedy "Snake-Bit Bar", and a slew of other townsfolk were met that seemed to get meaner and meaner along the way. Visitors' fear ramped up until they reached the entrance to the mine, which offered the only exit from the town.
We introduced some new elements to our haunt which we had never tried before this season and many visitors indicated they worked! Since moving to our current site we had only ever run 9 nights. This year, because of a unique calendar situation that took place, we increased our run to 3 full weekends (12 nights). We were excited to once again receive the "Best Haunted Attraction" award (our fourth Haunt in a row to do so!) from the Minnesota Haunted Houses website!
74 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2020 - "The year without a Haunt"
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the circumstances created because of the uncertainty and the efforts to stay healthy in 2020, the Haunted house was not held for this year. The theme that was going to be used in 2020 (Specter Gulch) was used in 2021 instead (see above!).
The Monster Bash Board, after a lot of consideration, made the decision to cancel the Haunted House this year with the health and safety of our volunteer students, families and guests in mind. We held a raffle, sold special edition apparel and sold Huey's Pizzas to cover some of our ongoing expenses. We were also helped by some local grants that really saved us so we could "keep the lights on" in a year where we didn't have a Haunt.
We looked forward to haunting everyone again in 2021 to continue our support of music, theater and the arts!
2019 - "Night Terrors"
Night Terrors was a trip into a "dream study" that goes horribly wrong and leaves you trapped in nightmare after nightmare! From a plane going down (and no parachutes! Jump!), to sewer snakes, clowns that aren't interested in making you laugh, creepy crawlies with more than a few spiders thrown in, a nuclear meltdown and even a monster under a poor child's bed (and you left him there! How could you?!). At one point you even thought that the ordeal was over and were about to wake up....but it wasn't! The nightmares continued! Maybe you'll never wake up!
We set new attendance records this season! And for the third year in a row, our Haunt was awarded as the top Haunted Attraction in Minnesota by the MinnesotaHauntedHouses.com website. Amazing!
59 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2018 - "Road Trip"
You've left your friends' home and - after getting lost - crash your car on a desolate country road with the sounds of creepy crawlies all around. Despite your better instincts, you of course seek help from a nearby shack only to run into a very sketchy family who want you for dinner. Literally. Will you survive?
With constant twists and turns - and those nasty family members seemingly everywhere in caves and fields and old ramshackle buildings - this was a Haunt that had our guests expressing how much they enjoyed the fright and the fun!
This season once again received the "Best Haunted Attraction in Minnesota" award from MinnesotaHauntedHouses.com! Our second consecutive year receiving this award! Our fantastic student, family and community volunteers once again doing another amazing job!
51 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2017 - "Sinister Stronghold"
A foreboding castle with a King that has gone crazy mad and taken everyone in his stronghold with him! The "Sinister Strongold" was our first Haunt in our very own building and as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! The new building provided us with a big increase in available floor space for our Haunts, and we definitely used it for the largest Haunt we had built to date!
Once again, our student volunteers created scary but fun aspects as this Haunt's "Death's Garden" and the Jester that "greeted" the castle's "guests" were just two examples of the memorable areas and actors this year. Guests dealt with the castle occupants before they made the mistake of being found by that twisted King. It was called "Death's Garden" for a reason, you know!
On top of that, those great efforts were rewarded as this season's Haunt received the "Best Haunted Attraction in Minnesota" award from MinnesotaHauntedHouses.com!
63 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2016 - "Hotel of Horrors"
One of the unique features with this season was that guests started and ended in the same room (the "Hotel Lobby"). This made for some tricky logistics but what fun it was to figure out!
Guests adventured through a haunted hotel out on a dark desert highway, looking for - what they thought - was room 7734. But they were reading the room number upside down! This certainly wasn't much of a Heaven Valley! This Haunt was the largest build size-wise - and the last one done - at the Harmony Community Center. This Haunt also set new attendance records for us and was ultimately awarded as a top 3 Haunted Attraction in Minnesota by MinnesotaHauntedHouses.com, our first of what has been many awards from that website!
53 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2015 - "Haunted High"
The name speaks for itself! You were late for class, and had to make your way to the office of the worst Principal ever through the creepiest High School ever! With students and parents once again providing the build (as they do every year!), not to mention the great decorations and the acting, the haunt this year was even bigger than previous years, in both the "footprint" of the Haunt and the number of people that came through for the fun. This was the first year where our Theatre department really started to get involved. From here out more and more very talented students from our Theatre have been part of the annual Haunts.
62 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2014 - "CarnEVIL of Fear"
This was our first truly "themed" Haunted House. We saw an increase in attendance as the word spread that Monster Bash Haunted Houses were Different Every Year! Students, families and some great local volunteers made CarnEVIL of Fear another success, and more great themes and Haunted Houses would follow, with more and more people enjoying the fright and fun!
This haunt also had our first "Big Entryway" - a 12-foot tall Clown head, and you entered the haunt through his mouth (and throat!). From there, it was a collection of weird carnival and circus encounters, and the clowns and other folks were far more interested in making you scream than hearing any laughter!
59 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2013 - "The Sequel"
The success of the first year fueled the effort to do it again - but to do things differently! Even though we hadn't yet embraced the "theme" idea, we didn't want the same rooms and scares that were done the first year, so a completely different Haunted House experience was built - once again - in three short days. We discovered, though, that there were many who thought this haunt would be the same as it was a year ago and as a result, we didn't have as high of attendance as we did from the first year. We made sure to promote that our Haunted Houses were always Different Every Year for the years that followed! As our reputation grew, so did the number of people that have enjoyed our Haunts!
This year had one room that featured a clown. A very creepy clown. A very disturbed clown! That effort by one of our volunteer adults helped fuel the idea for not only a different layout every year, but a new theme for every year! It also fueled our efforts to include creepy clowns in our Haunts every now and then!
44 students were a part of the Haunt this year!
2012 - "The Monster Bash Haunted House"
Our first year, we didn't theme out the haunted house. We just put together a series of scares which our volunteer students, families and locals had fun building. A lot of people enjoyed the experience of having some fun and getting more than a few scares out of the efforts of all those volunteers, especially because we initially had the Haunted House available every day of the week!
The non-themed event had all sorts of strange rooms and encounters. From a living room that looked normal, but wasn't, to a mad scientist and the rather spooky-weird "baked potato room", there was a little something for everyone. Strangely, we didn't have a clown this first year. Those would come later, however!
For this and the first 5 years, we held the haunt at the Harmony Community Center in the Gym. We had to work fast, and built the haunt over 3 days with all the volunteers. We then tore down after the last guest left on Halloween so the Community Center could have the use of their gym again! After tear-down during those first years, all our props, walls and costumes had to be transported to remote storage areas for the off-season, thanks to helpful local organizations and churches.
86 students were a part of the Haunt this year!