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Scary Stories: 13th Door & Slaughterhouse Gulch

KathE Walker has been scaring people professionally for 20 years! She loves science fiction horror movies, and that love lead her to open the first science fiction themed haunted house in the Denver area. Today, she runs The 13th Door and Slaughterhouse Gulch haunted houses. She recently sat down with SlashMachine’s Ted Ellis to tell us some scary stories.

 

Blog-BugSLASHMACHINE:

Where are you located?

 

KATHE WALKER:

Denver, CO

 

SLASHMACHINE:

Give us some background on what you do.

 

KATHE WALKER:

We have several family run haunted houses here in Denver. We’ve been doing it for over 20 years. Some of them are not super scary. We collect food for local charities. We design the haunts. My son does the pneumatics. My granddaughter is a make up artist. We are all actors at the haunts.

 

SLASHMACHINE:

What first sparked your interest in haunts?

 

KATHE WALKER:

I loved those Saturday afternoon horror movies. I noticed that there were no haunted houses based off movies. So we decided to offer the first science fiction haunted house in Denver since nobody else was doing it at the time. We had a lot to learn. We had some help from other haunters providing feedback. We’ve had a lot of learning to do. Then the next year, we did a bigger haunted house. Almost too big. The first years were basically all learning. About 4 years in, we began making them a little more traditional, but we held onto the science fiction aspects. We formed a guild with other haunt owners where we all put our money together to pay for advertising. That’s when things really changed for us. Advertising is just so expensive. Some people don’t see the benefit to that. It really shows what group advertising can do. We even had some people that were initially interested in shared advertising who actually ended up trying to sabotage what we were trying to do. If you get a group of haunters working together not only are you helping each other, but you also strengthen each other.

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SLASHMACHINE:

I think everyone working together is just fantastic.

 

KATHE WALKER:

Yeah, we even use sponsors like Wendy’s. Here’s the thing though; Wendy’s won’t want to work with just one small haunt. But when you can pull all the like minded haunts together, then we all get to benefit from having someone like Wendy’s as a sponsor.

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SLASHMACHINE:

Where do you get inspiration?

 

KATHE WALKER:

Trades shows, talking with others, watching horror movies

 

SLASHMACHINE:

What is key to be successful in haunts?

 

KATHE WALKER:

You have to have a lot of money at your disposal.

 

SLASHMACHINE:

What do you love about it?

 

KATHE WALKER:

Giving people jobs, coming up with stories, make people happy…

 

SLASHMACHINE:

If you had a blank check to upgrade your haunt this season, what would you spend it on?

 

KATHE WALKER:

Props. Always props. They can be very expensive.

 

SLASHMACHINE:

Do you have any humorous stories you would like to share? I had a guy last week tell me he saw a woman go into labor on his hayride.

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KATHE WALKER:

Oh, we’ve had people hit their friends. One guy got so scared, he put his child between himself and the actor and then turned around ran out while leaving the child for the chainsaw man to get.

 

 

 

 

 

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