The Elysburg Haunted House began in 1976. It was the product of the Rotary Club, The Jaycees, and The Ralpho Area Women's Club.
The site was on an abandoned house at Shamrock Mills. The house decorations and spooks were basic compared to today. The night before it was to open, it fell victim to arson and was a total lose. Not only the displays, but also some family memorabilia used in those displays were completely destroyed.
Literally overnight everybody got together and rebuilt the "House" in the storage building on the same grounds. Attendance was overwhelming due the the publicity from the fire and has only grown since then. The fire companies parked cars as space in the facility was somewhat limited for more than those that were there.
Since the first year, we started using the house on the grounds at the Gun Club. This was literally a family residence. The Gun Club also used to raise pheasant chicks in there.
The rest is history as they say. The fire company started taking over after a very few years, as the Jaycees went out of business, the Rotary could no longer get members to participate, as did the Women's Club.
Over the years, the Elysburg Haunted House has had quite the history. From families helping in the scary scenes, and today even third generations are now there working and helping with the event. Old stories include people actually meeting as workers, and are now married with children, first dates to the haunted attraction that have blossomed into marriage and children (and the children actually help now at the House), elderly coming to enjoy the event even to celebrate their 84 birthday!, infants to all ages - scary is a great thing!
There are so many to thank over the years. From the grounds, the house, and local people and businesses, who continue to support this worthy cause.