Halloween Wrap Up

Impact boos: Houston's best haunted house is an under the radar neighborhood treasure with a building legacy

Houston's best haunted house an under the radar neighborhood treasure

2 James Tryles Jr. mugging with monster Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
James Tryles Jr. mugging with monster. Photo by Katie Oxford
1 Haunted house on Claremont Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
Haunted house on Claremont. Photo by Katie Oxford
3 Julie and David Shannon Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
Julie and David Shannon. Photo by Katie Oxford
4 It’s all about the kids. L to R - Daniel Chavez-Golden, Stone Shannon, Lane McCool, Wesley Alexander Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
It’s all about the kids: Daniel Chavez-Golden, from left, Stone Shannon, Lane McCool and Wesley Alexander. Photo by Katie Oxford
5 What’s cookin’? Stone Shannon claimed “potions” but Lane McCool said “little kids.” Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014.
What’s cookin’? Stone Shannon claimed “potions,” but Lane McCool said “little kids.” Photo by Katie Oxford
6 Haunted House on Claremont Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
Haunted House on Claremont. Photo by Katie Oxford
7 Haunted House exit . . . there is delight in fright! Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
 Haunted House exit . . . there is delight in fright! Photo by Katie Oxford
8 Monster mask in wouldn’t you know . . . witch hazel…Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
Monster mask in wouldn’t you know . . . witch hazel. Photo by Katie Oxford
9 Could have sworn this was my third-grade school teacher. Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
Could have sworn this was my third-grade school teacher. Photo by Katie Oxford
10 Scott McCool. Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
Scott McCool. Photo by Katie Oxford
2 James Tryles Jr. mugging with monster Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
1 Haunted house on Claremont Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
3 Julie and David Shannon Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
4 It’s all about the kids. L to R - Daniel Chavez-Golden, Stone Shannon, Lane McCool, Wesley Alexander Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
5 What’s cookin’? Stone Shannon claimed “potions” but Lane McCool said “little kids.” Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014.
6 Haunted House on Claremont Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
7 Haunted House exit . . . there is delight in fright! Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
8 Monster mask in wouldn’t you know . . . witch hazel…Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
9 Could have sworn this was my third-grade school teacher. Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014
10 Scott McCool. Katie Oxford Haunted House November 2014

Some say “Halloween is for kids.”

Friday night at 2051 Claremont — it was all about the kids . . .  and one heck of a haunted house

Julie and David Shannon started hosting this gig six years ago. It’s grown ever since and not just in BOO factor.

What started as a small cemetery in the front yard the first year went to a flying ghost the second. After that, the kids took over and voila . . .  Haunted House. Don’t worry about the chainsaw. It doesn’t have a blade.

 When I left at 8 p.m., kids in costumes were still pouring into the place like sand fleas. 

Their kids and a bunch of their friends start planning it way before school cranks up in September. Some jot notes. Stone Shannon (age 13) sketches. All the input is given to architects, Scott McCool and James Tryles, who then make it happen starting 10 days out.

How scary fun is this house? Friday night, one little kid who’d just exited was asked, “How was it?” He answered with his thumbs. Two up.

Tons of other kids agree. Last year, some 200 invitations went out (including UPS folks and all the neighbors) and by the end of the evening 600 kids had answered THE DARE nailed above the entrance.

No tellin’ how many attended Friday night. When I left at 8 p.m., kids in costumes were still pouring into the place like sand fleas. I looked down Claremont Street and thought, LIVE FROM HOUSTON — IT’S HALLOWEEN!

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