Haunted House Supports small Iowa Community

Giving back to our community has always played a huge factor in our haunted house operations.

Our Haunted House operation works hard to give back to our community

Giving back to our community has always played a huge factor in our haunted house operations. From its inception, Bango Haunted Crib has always been about giving back. Currently, our local Schaller, Iowa Fire Department is building a much needed addition onto our community fire station. This comes with a large price tag to build the new addition with most of the money being donated by local community members.

Donating to our fire department

Many local volunteer fire department members serve on the board of Bango Haunted Crib and also work as volunteers during our season. As members of our fire department, we believe in giving back and supporting our small community. This is why we have been devoting ALL of our profits toward building the much needed addition for our fire station.

Haunted House Donation to Fire Department

2018 was a huge season for us, with a drastic increase in the number of visitors to our haunted house, compared to recent previous years. After operational expenses, we were able to donate a whopping $7,000 to the Schaller Fire Department.

The 2019 season, although our visitor numbers were down slightly from 2018, was also a fantastic year. This will allow us to donate several thousand dollars once again. These numbers are still being figured as not all operational bills have been submitted from 2019.

Supporting our local food pantry

Schaller, Iowa Food Pantry

In addition to helping our local Schaller Fire Department, the Bango Haunted Crib board decided, part way through our season, to run a promotion to help stock the shelves of our local Blessing Box.

Blessing Box is the name given to our local Food Pantry, which is ran the St. Paul Lutheran Church. The promotion was a huge help and we currently have plans to continue running this promotion in the coming years. We hope you will make plans to attend our haunted house this year so we can all work together to give back to our local small community.

Be sure to follow us on our haunted house Facebook page to stay up-to-date on our latest activities! You can also find Bango Haunted Crib on several other social media platforms, including our latest addition, TikTok (@bangohauntedcrib).

Renovations to Bango Haunted Crib

The new team took over Bango Haunted Crib, previously known as The Schaller Haunted House

Bango Haunted Crib Renovations and upgrades

The new team took over Bango Haunted Crib, previously known as The Schaller Haunted House, knowing repairs would be a high priority. As you may already know, our Halloween attraction is located inside an old popcorn crib located in Schaller, Iowa. Our first year involved many big changes. Several rooms received complete overhauls and/or updated to increase the entertainment factors for visitors. The feedback from our visitors was amazing! Scared visitors left us many great reviews on our Facebook and Google accounts. This inspired us to continue to add new and improved haunted house features.

The Chainsaw Room

Bango Haunted Crib Chainsaw Room

One of the most popular rooms in Bango Haunted Crib is the “Chainsaw Room”. 2018 saw some major changes of this room and visitors loved to hate it, once again. Once again, 2019 brought many more changes to the room. Will there be more changes for our 2020 Haunted House season? You will have to visit to find out.

The Electric chair room

Bango Haunted Crib Seance Room prop

Another popular room has always been the Electric Chair room. While there were no changes to this room in 2018, 2019 was entirely different. We moved the electric chair room to throw scare enthusiasts off and utilized the old room for a new idea. What happened to the old chainsaw room, you ask? Well, we turned it into what we now call the “Seance Room”, which is beyond creepy. A room designed to mess with your visual senses while creepy sound effects play in the background.

New Entertainment area

Bango Haunted Crib Check In

When the 2019 renovation season came around, we knew visitor comfort had to be a high priority. This is where the new check in and entertainment area came into play. This was a major transformation involving many hours of labor by the haunted house volunteer staff. Again, the reviews came back with everyone loving what the team had done! Allowing visitors to mingle with each other and even enjoy some occasional entertainment, has helped make their wait more enjoyable.

What’s new for 2020?

What repairs or modifications are in store for Bango Haunted Crib for our 2020 Haunted House season? There are some high priority structural repairs needing made to the haunted house. We are still in discussions on the best and most cost effective solutions for tackling the issues. There are also some new rooms that will be added. Of course, we cannot give you the details, as it would be a real spoiler. A little hint for one room, it has been mentioned on our Facebook page more than once. Check us out in October for some great scare fun and to see the new and exciting changes!

Rebranding of a Haunted House

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

The Haunted House is a tradition

Entertainment area construction underway.
New entertainment area construction.

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.

Spreading mulch in entertainment area.
Spreading mulch for the new entertainment area.

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

Haunted House Construction
New entrance construction underway.

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.

Renewed visions

Volunteers building the vortex tunnel.
Building the Vortex Tunnel

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!