9 Halloween Attractions That Went Too Far


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McKamey Manor Is Run Out of Town
McKamey Manor has been called the most extreme horror house in America. The people of McLeansboro, Illinois, decided they could do without it as a neighbor. Diane Diederich/Getty Images
McKamey Manor has been called the most extreme horror house in America. The people of McLeansboro, Illinois, decided they could do without it as a neighbor. Diane Diederich/Getty Images

McKamey Manor is not just a Halloween attraction. Open year-round and run by Navy vet Russ McKamey, it's billed as a terror attraction. Past guests report that during their "adventure" they've undergone fake abductions, been tied up, blindfolded, gagged, slapped, held under water and force-fed. Some have been stuffed into freezers or placed in coffins crawling with cockroaches. Others have had their heads placed in cages filled with snakes. Some have had their hair cut off. Most, if not all, emerge covered in scrapes, bruises, cuts and scratches. Oh, and there's no "safe word," although staff will pull you if they think you've had enough. Reportedly, no one has made it the full eight-hour tour [sources: Carroll and Ryan, Moss].

Entrance into McKamey Manor simply requires a donation of dog food to Operation Greyhound, although participants have to be at least 21 years old, sign liability waivers, receive physical and mental releases from their doctors, and be Skype-screened by McKamey. The Navy vet told The Guardian that the purpose of the experience is to break people through physical and psychological stress. Detractors say the attraction is abusive, and those involved in its operation are sadistic. Still, there are reportedly 27,000 people on a waiting list to get in [sources: Accomando, Carroll and Ryan].

In 2015, McKamey tried to move the San Diego attraction to a more affordable place, like McLeansboro, Illinois. But some citizens in the town (population 3,000) got a look at the YouTube videos of the experience, featuring torture and mayhem, and complained loudly on Facebook. Someone even threw a rock at the building McKamey planned to lease, cracking a window and causing him to change his mind. So for now, the place that's repeatedly named America's most extreme experience has stayed put in its hometown [source: Cook].