The Haunted House is a tradition
Bango Haunted Crib was known for many years as “The Schaller Haunted House”. There has always been a long standing tradition for many in a large radius of Schaller, Iowa to visit the haunted house during the month of October. Halloween Night has always been our biggest night.
We have seen many such venues come and go in the towns surrounding us. The dedicated efforts of many from the Schaller Community has kept our event very much alive. There have been years where devotion for the event has slumped, only to be revived once again by new enthusiasts.
Prior to 2018 were some of those years where finding volunteers was getting more and more difficult. With the loss of some key enthusiasts, there were concerns whether the haunted house would even continue. Some local community members stepped up and took over the operation with new ideas of making it bigger and better than ever before.
Many volunteers have been coming from all over to help with our efforts to rebuild and rebrand. These volunteers have come from Schaller, Galva, Alta, Aurelia, Storm Lake, Holstein, Early and even the small town of Havelock. It takes 25-35 volunteers to provide our visitors with the great fright show that we have always been known for.
Rebranding the name
In early 2019 we decided to change the name from what was once known as The Schaller Haunted House to what is now Bango Haunted Crib. This was to build a new brand surrounding the popcorn crib where we currently reside. Bango was one of the popcorn brands packaged at this location, which made it a perfect name. Schaller, Iowa was once known as the Popcorn Capital of the World. Our community continues to focus on this with our annual Schaller Popcorn Days Event.
In 2018 our volunteers started with an idea of renovating a couple of rooms inside the haunted house. We got a little carried away and ended up completely changing 11 rooms. Several other rooms within received minor changes and improvements. One of the most complex additions was the new and popular vortex tunnel. The vortex tunnel proved to be an interesting challenge for the crew throughout the 2018 season. 2018 was a very busy year, with some projects being completed just hours before opening for the season.
Renewed visions with the new ownership involve, attraction renovations, building maintenance, and scare enthusiast comfort. Wait times have always been a big concern as visitors await their turn to go through our popular haunted house attraction. This encouraged us to build a brand new outside entertainment area for added comfort in 2019. Many resources and hours of labor went into the great new addition, which included a brand new pay area and crib entrance.
We have much more planned for 2020, so stay tuned!