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.
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
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).
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
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!
Each year Bango Haunted Crib has added to our reach by using various online resources, such as popular social media platforms. This year, the haunted house board decided we needed a website to increase our potential market reach.
We began our market expansion with our facebook page. You can find the most up-to-date information on Bango Haunted Crib activities on our facebook. We were amazed at the huge response we received and focused a great deal of resources to facebook with posts and advertising.
Snapchat was later added and provided a strong connection with the younger crowd and even many older people. This past year we even added our own filter which was popular with many visitors. We saved many of the snapchats and even added them into videos produced for our haunted house. You can view one of the videos below.
A huge addition to our growing network, was getting listed on Iowa Haunted Houses. Haunted house enthusiasts can find event locations all across Iowa, and we are on that list. This listing came late in our 2019 season and we plan to continue our listing. Visitors can now help us grow with their “Rate our Haunt” rating system, linked below.
One thing we take great pride in, is helping our local Schaller, Iowa community projects with our profits. For the past two years, our profits have gone to help build the new addition onto our Schaller Community Fire Station. We expect to continue donating our profits toward the fire station addition for the next few years. In 2019 we also ran promotions for our local Blessing Box, which is our local food pantry.
We are ran and staffed entirely from the volunteer efforts of many giving up long hours to help with renovations and building maintenance. Later, those volunteers become our scary monsters with 25-35 actors showing up every night. Obviously, the more actors we are staffed with, the better the experience for everyone. Many of us have worked the haunted house for many years. We have taken what we have learned and work hard to teach new actors the art of scaring. All this experience and dedication has helped us to be rated as the scariest haunted house by our visitors.