Sunday, July 1, 2018

Haunted Mines merges with Hellscream Entertainment, reopens

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click to enlarge A relocated, redesigned Haunted Mines will open for one night on Friday, July 13. - ELIZABETH IRVINE-MADRID
  • Elizabeth Irvine-Madrid
  • A relocated, redesigned Haunted Mines will open for one night on Friday, July 13.
Long-standing charity haunted house Haunted Mines closed after its 2016 season. The outdoor haunt structure at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry has since been demolished, and the future of the attraction has been up in the air. But fear fans need wonder no longer: the Haunted Mines brand has been bought and will open again this year under the newly expanded Haunted Mines and Hellscream Entertainment. Vince Stites, co-owner/CEO of the company, says he's been friends with Haunted Mines director Stacy Packer and executive director Angel Nuce for some time, and when the two concluded that selling the brand was the best option, they came to him first.

“We’ve been fortunate through the years with Hellscream Haunted House doing really well," he says, and he decided it would make a good addition. Since, he and his team have been working on installing the haunt into its new home at 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., in the former Sinister Haunted House, which Stites and company only ran for one year. It's a 28,000 square foot facility that Stites calls "one of the most amazing things we’ve ever done in 10 seasons of Hellscream." The haunt retains the mine and mining theme, taking guests into the fictional town of Colt Falls, Colorado, and its surrounding mines.

“We have a really cool prop we call a mine descender," Stites says. "People get on it, and it gives you the sensation that you’re going 300 feet underground.” In addition to bringing over thematic elements from the WMMI attraction, Stites says he's contracted with both performers and management from the old haunt team to staff it alongside his own Hellscream regulars.

“We wanted to make sure the previous Haunted Mines folks still have a haunted home to play, haunt and scare," he says.

That does not, however, include Nuce and Packer. Rather, Packer says they'll be running Haunted MINDS, a nonprofit organization through which they'll handle manage charitable donations, continuing the work they did through the Haunted Mines attraction.

Haunted Mines will have a grand opening event on Friday, July 13, running from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information on prices and amenities here or here. In the mean time, check out a slideshow of photos from the attraction below.

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