Farewell to the House of Shock


By Jeff Boudreauxc021a74cb74feef103c90a8098fcb540

After the 2014 Halloween season, The House of Shock closed its doors forever. What set this horror extravaganza apart from all of the other “haunted houses” is that it was so much more than that. I had the pleasure of attending the night before Halloween and I can tell you that this gathering will surely be missed.

One of the greatest things about House of Shock was the free outdoor festival. There was music, games, performance artists, a terrific stage show, and a full-service bar and kitchen. The only thing that cost more than a few dollars was a ticket to the actual house and students were able to receive a five dollar discount by presenting their college ID cards. The atmosphere for this festival was purely party-oriented. Between horror pyrotechnics, fans on Thursday night were even able to watch the Saints game on the stage’s huge screens, which were usually reserved for classic horror movie clips.

The festivities started with an irreverent appearance by a crucified Christ, who waged war on the demonic minions of the house. Interestingly, he drove them away but informed members of the audience that we were all damned anyway. It seems that some things never change at House of Shock, and that’s what its legions of fans love about it. The walk through the house itself was pretty intense compared to some other years I remember. The key to having fun at this place is to simply play along.

The Topcats were the musical act that night and “Hell’s Kitchen” churned out some tasty fare including meat pies and pepperoni pizza. I had a lot of fun with friends, all the while drinking three dollar Pabst Blue Ribbons. Shot girls were everywhere and I came to the realization that there will never be another House of Shock. The Mortuary doesn’t offer a festive atmosphere like this and neither does The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge. It’s really unfortunate, since New Orleans has always been known as a party city. From here on out, we’ll just have to remember the House of Shock for what it was: an intense horror show that played to our biggest fears, but also doubled as a Halloween festival where everyone could have a frighteningly good time.

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