About Bango

About Bango

Welcome to Bango Haunted Crib, where we take great pride in being rated by our customers as the scariest haunted house in a very large area. Once known as the Schaller Haunted House, we recently changed our name to reflect one of the brands of popcorn packaged in the crib.

We are located in Schaller, Iowa in an old popcorn packaging facility. Operated, maintained, and staffed entirely by volunteers, we give all of our profits to various groups and local organizations to help with bettering the Schaller and surrounding communities.

Why do our customers rate Bango Haunted Crib as the scariest haunted house? Visit us in October to see for yourself!

Build it and they will come

In 1987, local Schallerite, Casey Schmidt came up with the idea of building a haunted house to benefit the community. Casey, who was a local Jaycees member, worked with others to plan for the new haunted house attraction. As the Halloween season neared, many local community and Jaycees members joined him in building his vision. His motto was “build it and they will come” and to the surprise of many, they did come. To this day, Casey enjoys making time to occasionally work the haunted house.

a small army of volunteers

Bango Haunted Crib is entirely operated by a small army of volunteers working hard throughout the Halloween season. Most of the work actually begins earlier in the year, when plans are set into motion for upgrades and maintenance. Many long days, and even nights, are spent getting things ready for haunted house enthusiasts to visit each year. It takes 25-35 volunteers each season to provide people with the scary experiences they have come to expect when visiting. Without the hard work of many, none of this would be possible.