Surviving the Scariest Haunted House


This is an example of what the McKamey Manor is set to be.

Surviving the Scariest Haunted House
By: Carsyn Hall

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but how far is too far? The scariest haunted house, McKamey Manor, in San Diego, California requires a mental stability check, a signed waiver, and is said to have never been finished. The waiting list is currently 24,000 people.

The haunt is said to last between 4 to 8 hours. The theme changes every year, and the participants are forced into almost deadly situations such as being tied up, gagged, put in a cage, or forced to eat their own vomit. The workers are also allowed to put their hands on participants. There is no safe word for the haunt to stop. However, if the participants last for at least two zones, they could walk away with thousands of dollars.

Russ McKamey and his girlfriend have spent over half a million dollars on making the house the scariest place on Earth. “It’s like living your own horror movie,” McKamey said.

Despite the thousands of dollars spent to make this house, the McKamey Manor does not make a profit. “I’m a crappy businessman because I could be making a million dollars on this,” he said. Each weekend, they take a hand-full of people to take on the challenge and only accept money in dog food.

The haunt now runs year-round. The McKamey Manor requires participants 21 years or older, or 18 and up with parents permission, to enter this haunted house.

The actors were supposedly never told what to do in emergency situations, such as someone having a panic attack or fainting. The possible consequences such as damaged lungs or drowning was never discussed.

Workers claim that getting to potentially torture people is a good stress reliever. Some say that it almost gives them satisfaction and doesn’t bother them.

However, McKamey claims that most of it is just messing with the participants heads. “It never ceases to amaze me how much people buy into it all,” he said.