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You can turn a profit off of your house ... as long as it's haunted
One group of entrepreneurial high school graduates is cashing in on some prime real estate — and scaring the wits out of their friends and neighbors.
A gruesome cold case left police stumped and Boulder terrified. 12 years ago, the infamous Glenwood Massacre rocked our community.
The fictitious Glenwood massacre is the premise anyway behind Boulder's very first professional haunted house.
After more than a year of prop construction, Boulder-based company Endeavor Productions is seeing its nightmarish visions become reality. The three-year-old company was founded by Boulder High School graduates and this is their first professional haunted house effort.
Endeavor co-founder Jake Reilly hopes to cash in on a previously untapped market. Reilly says, "There's no haunted houses down here and its such a strong halloween community." The creators of Glenwood Manor all come from technical and theatrical backgrounds and they've applied their respective areas of expertise to make Glenwood Manor a uniquely terrifying experience. Reilly explains, "It’s kind of like you’re being immersed in a horror film. As you go through, the minute you buy your ticket all the way throughout the entire attraction you’re being told a story".
The National Retail Federation estimates that — despite our poor economy — Americans will spend a surprising $5.8 billion on Halloween this year. Unfortunately for Endeavor, a recent study by Reuters reveals that Americans intend to spend more money on costumes and forego traditional activities like haunted houses.
But the creators of Glenwood Manor aren't running scared just yet. Glenwood has seen a fair amount of visitors since opening at the beginning of this month. Boulder middle school student Tristan Bradford is including Glenwood Manor in his Halloween plans, “I'll maybe just go to a couple of halloween parties, and I might dress up, I might not ... but ... I’m probably gonna come back here. This was really fun.”
According to Reuters, Halloween-related spending is up 18 percent from last year. The entrepreneurs of Glenwood Manor may still make a killing.
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