A homemade haunted house tradition

Experience an electric chair, chainsaws and screams

DAVENPORT, Iowa - A Quad Cities man is turning his homemade haunted house into a Halloween tradition.

For the past 11 years Blake Schaeffer has invited anyone in the area to experience the free event.


What started out as something small with just a strobe light and a fog machine in Schaeffer's garage has turned into something much bigger.


Schaeffer said he's always been into scary movies and scaring people on Halloween. 

He thought it would be fun to do something with the kids on trick-or-treat night.

Schaeffer said it takes a crew of about 15 to 20 people to help organize the house over a course of two days.

He said they have a big response with a few hundred people who come out, although his 6 year old daughter Belle said she prefers to stay as far away as possible.


"The kids love it and not just young kids it's high school aged kids and middle aged kids," Schaeffer said. "We don't usually see a lot of activities for them to do so when we have high school kids come through we have a lot of fun with them," Schaeffer said.


"We love scaring them with the chainsaws and some of the more scarier things of the haunted house," said Schaeffer.


As for Belle not so much.


"That's why I don't come out here because it's too scary for me."


Schaeffer doesn't plan entering his homemade haunted house in any contests, however, he does plan to have the event grow every year.

The spooky experience is free and open to anyone in the area on Tuesday night from 5:30 pm until 8:30 at 2104 E. 34th Court in Davenport.

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