House of Shock Coming Back?
Kickstarter Campaign, “The Road to the Resurrection of House of Shock,” Kicked Off Yesterday
New Orleans, La. (May 6, 2015) — The New Orleans-based House of Shock Haunted House and Halloween Festival launched a $25,000 Kickstarter campaign on May 6 to assist in ”resurrecting” this renowned haunted attraction.
House of Shock closed its doors in October 2014 after 22 years in business. Following what they called “an overwhelming response from the New Orleans community” about the closing, House of Shock volunteers decided they were not ready to put the nail in the coffin.
“Our volunteers have truly become a family that come back year-after-year to produce this show every Halloween,” says Ashley Fallon-Shenton, House of Shock production manager. “We don’t want this New Orleans staple to die, so we’re launching a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of bringing back the House of Shock for at least one more year. While we are a New Orleans tradition, it’s equally about providing a home for people of all ages from different walks of life and an outlet to express themselves artistically in many different ways.”
The Kickstarter campaign will launch on May 6 at 11 a.m. and continue through June 5 with a goal of raising $25,000. Each donation level will receive a thank you gift. Gifts range from special edition t-shirts, to having a donor’s name immortalized on a tombstone inside the new haunted attraction, to riding on the award-winning House of Shock float in the Krewe of Elks Orleanians parade on Mardi Gras Day. Donations start as low as $5 and can be submitted directly to the Kickstarter campaign at www.kickstarter.com/projects/880633162/help-resurrect- house-of-shock.
Over 350 volunteers produce The House of Shock each year helping to plan, build, and act in the nightly shows throughout every Halloween season.
“To produce our elaborate pyrotechnics show and maintain a 25,000-square-foot set can get extremely cost- prohibitive,” says co-founder Ross Karpelman. “We’ve been feeling the financial strain of running this seasonal business over the last several years, especially in unpredictable market conditions. We’re overwhelmed by the support of the community and our volunteers to bring the House of Shock back, and we’re ready to give it another go!”