GGSH was born in October 2008 with nothing more than a few store bought props and a love for Halloween. That year all we had to haunt with was a Spirit Animatronic of Jason Vorhees, a Hanging Skeleton and an eerie green lightbulb. We had just purchased our house in September and prior to that we had lived in an apartment that never saw a trick or treater. That first year in our home we experienced our first Trick or Treaters coming to the door for a candy treat, but we also had something else waiting for them..a SCARE!! The neighborhood loved our house and the way we slowly opened the door and dressed in full costume and in full character handed out the treats they were seeking. We had several parents ask to take photos with us and this got us thinking about reviving our old passion for Home Haunting..and thus was born – Goth Gloom Spookhouse on October 31, 2008.
In 2009, we decided to expand a bit and set up a small Haunt inside the garage and had our first walk through experience. The theme that year was “The Witches Swamp”. All of the neighborhood turned out to see what was behind the Spooky Tree facade we had put up over the garage door only a few days before.
In 2010 we did an entire haunt based on the “Carn-Evil” theme featuring of course Scary Clowns, Strobe lights, fog and oh yeah, it was all in 3-D so everyone wore 3-D glasses to walk through.
2011 brought the Asylum and Haunted Bedroom Theme.
We had some really fun props we built especially for that year. The Hatchet Slaying Door, The Haunted Dresser and our Tribute to Disney’s Haunted Mansion favorite Madame Leota, our own Hallie Ghost Prop.
That year KVUE news from Austin did a LIVE remote from our graveyard and took their cameras inside to film the spookhouse.
2012 was our best year yet, again we had a new theme and an all new haunt experience and this time it was the Mad Science Lab. We had a great crowd and we were open for 2 nights.
For 2013, the theme will be totally different, whats it going to be??? Well, you’ll just have to come see that for yourself in October.
The Spookhouse has grown as a result of the YouTube influence and the inspiration of fellow haunters all over the U.S. and Canada. We started building most of the props in our haunt and re-purposing other items to suit our needs. By watching haunt related tutorials online, we’ve been able to develop our skills and build more advanced props to go with our theming each year. This led us to start our own YouTube Channel – gothgloom, where we now post and share videos of our own prop building experiences, past Spookhouse haunts and other halloween related information.
Last year we were also able to give back to our community by collecting canned food for The Round Rock Serving Center and we plan to continue doing so each year, as it was a great success and we collected a huge box of food. Thanks to all who came to our Home Haunt and brought a can of food.
People ask all the time why we do this and why we would devote so much time and money to a Holiday that is only 1 night a year just to scare people?? We do for this for the love of Halloween. It gives us a chance to be creative, build some really cool props and build lasting memories in a childs mind. The same memories I had as a little child, walking up to that spooky house with the Walt Disney “Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House” playing….I was scared to death..but I remember those as fun times and how cool it was to tell my friends I survived going to the spooky house.
Today some of the neighborhood kids walk by when we are building the haunt and we hear them say “That’s the Spooky House” as they walk across the street, that always brings an evil smile to our faces.
There are a lot of great photos for your viewing pleasure in our Photo Gallery. Be sure to stop into our Video Gallery to see the videos from our past years haunts. Also, dont forget to check out our regular Video Blogs for tons of great information and make sure you visit our YouTube page and Subscribe if you like what you see.