Archive for September, 2014

Midnight at the Hotel

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Wondering about ghosts? Longing to investigate? Spend the evening with us – learning about our history, hearing tales of questionable happenings, and have your crack at finding out who may still be there. Investigate the Legendary Lake House Hotel of Horror. “Midnight at the Hotel” is a ONE-NIGHT ONLY event for 2014 with a limited number of tickets that are sure to sell out.

“Midnight in the Hotel” will be hosted by local ghost hunting group, CORE Phenomena Research. They will be leading an actual paranormal research session within the walls of the Lake House Hotel. The evening will begin with a short presentation on the history of the hotel and the history of CORE Phenomena. After this, brave and curious attendees will be split into teams and positioned at different stations in the house to research. Each team will get a chance to research with CORE’s specialists, concentrating on different aspects of the researching mechanism – audio, video, divining, photography and quantum air fluctuations with audio pickup and translation.

This once in a lifetime event takes place from 11:59 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24. Box office reserves the right to close location sales in the event that sales have reached their limit. You are permitted to bring your battery powered commercial ghost hunting equipment, but no hand-made devices will be permitted for safety reasons. Please see rules of the event on location.

Advanced tickets are recommended and on sale at TicketLeap –

For more information on CORE Phenomena Research –


Exhibition Macabre!

Posted: September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

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“It’s not a boring museum; it’s one creepy ass museum.”

That’s how Exhibition Macabre owner “Dead Dan” describes it. The museum, housed in the original front parlor of the infamous Lake House Hotel, is celebrating its fifth year educating and entertaining horror fans on disturbing pieces of history collected over the span of many years. With more than 100 pieces on display, there are lots of stories to tell.

“The stuff we have isn’t something you pick up at Wal-Mart,” said Dan. “I’ve always wanted a horse-drawn hearse. When I got the opportunity to get some smaller things, it just grew from there. I’ve been collecting for over 15 years and I’m still collecting stuff here and there.”

So what’s in this “creepy ass museum” you might wonder. Exhibition Macabre is a private collection filled with mental asylum, prison, medical and funeral artifacts and antiques. While in the museum, you’re intrigue will peak at the displays of some very old medical tools, tools that helped prepare the dead, pieces from an old prison and real remains. And Dan’s wife is there to help bring your imagination to a whole new level with actual stories about certain displays. Her animated descriptions will help you learn a little about some very interesting artifacts that you probably didn’t even know existed.

“I started out collecting funeral stuff, and after I got a great collection, I wanted to pull in other areas. Then I got a prison door from the 1700s and then mental institution and medical things,” said Dan. “I add new stuff to the collection every season and enhance what’s already there. We look for stuff with a really interesting story.”

When asked what the most interesting piece is, Dan can’t just pick one. He not only has back stories on many of the pieces, but he also has some funny stories about obtaining them.

“The weirdest thing was at the Saylorsburg flea market. I bought a funeral urn. It’s marble and I bought it for $40. I was taking it home and it opened in my truck and spilled out a little. We call him Fred,” he said. “I always buy things in paper bags at the flea market. I have skulls in paper bags.”

Many visitors will visit the museum in-between screaming through Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares. Exhibition Macabre serves as a great buffer area to calm the nerves before entering the terror zone again.

“It’s great to be an in-between stop,” Dan said. “Check out Hotel of Horror or Altered Nightmares and then see us before going to the other side. We’re a good package deal. And make sure you look at everything and learn a little, because it’s history; the dark side of history.”

What started out in a 10-by-10 tent at Altered Nightmares in Weissport has now found a home in the infamous Lake House Hotel of Horror, and Dan is more than happy that he gets to do this year after year.

“It was a fast five years. I always said if I did this I wanted to get a couple of years out of it,” Dan said. “As long as people enjoy it, that’s what it’s all about. We’re teaching history, and it’s not a boring museum. It’s a creepy ass museum and this has been a crazy ride.”


Posted: September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Greetings from Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania 18353; home of the infamous Lake House Hotel of Horror. Our house is always dressed and ready for haunt season, but since yours isn’t, we want to see what creepiness lies within you. We’re looking for the most creative Halloween house display – inside and out.

The first ever Hotel of Horror Home Haunt Contest begins on September 28 and ends on October 22. Here are all the details you’ll need to wow the judges. Take a photo of yourself in front of your awesome Halloween-decorated interior or exterior display and post on our Facebook page with #HotelofHorrorContest2014. You must be holding a sign with your first name and town, state and zip code in the picture so we know it’s your display. To sweeten the pot, Frazetta’s Costumes in East Stroudsburg will give you 10 percent off your purchase if you mention you are entering the contest, so be sure to visit them for all your supplies.

Three exterior display winners will be chosen, as well as three interior display winners. Prizes include; gift certificate for Frazetta’s Costumes, Hotel of Horror t-shirts, collectible postcards and magnets, combo tickets to Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares, gift certificates to Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards, tickets to Mazezilla and more. Winners will be notified by October 23 so the winner of the combo tickets can join us for some scary good fun before the end of the season.

Be creative, scary, gory, and unique. Don’t hold back; we love taking it to the next level of gore. Let your inner demons come out to play, and show it off on our Facebook page. Now that you’ve got your assignment, get off the computer and get your hands bloodied!

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Zombies are all the rage right now, and it seems many people want to try their hand at being one for Halloween. While we can’t (and won’t) tell you all our makeup secrets, here are some tips to help get you moving in the right direction.

You’ll need some essential items to transform your face into the zombie of your nightmares (or everyone else’s nightmares.) First thing’s first – barrier spray is your friend if you plan to use theatrical make up supplies or special effects. This is something you spray onto your clean face with eyes tightly closed before applying spirit gum and prosthetics, latex, grease paints, makeup, or blood. You’ll thank us during the removal process, and when you use spirit gum to glue prosthetics on, make sure to pick up spirit gum remover to help get it off. Barrier spray is also effective in delaying the oils and moisture (meaning sweat) from degrading your efforts from transforming from mere human to brain consuming monster.

The use of latex prosthetics and liquid latex can create some great wounds and facial structure altering effects that will look quite realistic. This is your first step before applying any makeup or blood. Once the effects and wounds are created, pale stage makeup is next, that’s your base. Then paint on some dark circles under your eyes to help create the dead look. Black eye shadow works great for this and keeps your project economical or use some red or purple from a “Bruise Stack or Bruise Wheel” around the area to create a bruised- broken capillary appearance. Once all that is done, it’s time for some blood, and lots of it. Blot it around your hairline, squeeze a blood drenched sponge over your face and create a splatter appearance.

Now that your face is zombified, it’s time to mess up your hair. Tease and hairspray it so it appears like you just pulled your dead and re-animated shell out of the grave after six years of rest. And now it’s time for your costume. Rip it, shred it, fray it and bloody it up! Roll around in some dirt to create the illusion of being a veteran zombie.

With so many variations of zombies, and since it’s not a cookie-cutter type costume, you can really have some fun with it and get creative. Frazetta’s Costumes in East Stroudsburg sells all the supplies you’ll need and can even help guide you a little to help you become the best zombie in town! Tell them you wanna look like the ghouls of the Legendary Lake House Hotel of Horror.

Tonight’s the Night…

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Tonight’s the night!!

At precisely 7 p.m., the doors of the Lake House Hotel will unlock and the residents will be awaiting your arrival. If you are brave enough to visit, keep a few things in mind:

  • It’s scary! So if you don’t like Halloween, horror, blood and guts, being startled, zombies and voodoo, or you feel something inside may offend or upset you, please reconsider your visit to us. We want you to visit, but we want you to want to visit!
  • The actors WILL NOT touch you, so we ask that you do not touch them either.
  • If you find your bravery wears off half way through your visit, ask an actor to escort you out. But remember, there are no refunds and no re-entry.
  • We like extreme scares, so this is for older teens and adults. But we will make exceptions with parental permission.
  • No, you cannot go into either attraction in a group larger than four or five. We want you to get the best experience possible, so smaller groups are best.

We think you’ll have the time of your life, so be ready for screams, laughs, (maybe some crying) and lots of stories to tell. See you tonight!!!

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Ghosts like to party too! So why not have your party at the Lake House Hotel this haunt season? We won’t even charge you for your “invisible guests.”

Having your party at our location will make you one of the cool kids; or should I say ghoul kids? This is new for us this year so be one of the first to party inside our creepy walls. The party room includes the original Lake House Hotel bar area and adjacent party room, and is available on Saturdays and Sundays from September 26 through November 1. Parties start at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Then head outside for some tailgate fun until the doors open (and trust me, you’ll need that hour to put your big girl panties on and find some bravery to get yourself into the wait line.) Then the best part of the party happens – the screams and terror inside Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares.

The small print: Must have a minimum of 12 people, maximum of 20. You do the set up and tear down of the party room and bring your own snacks, cake and drinks. Alcohol is NOT allowed. Characters are available for an additional fee. The cost for this amazing party opportunity is $40 per person and that includes a combo ticket for Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares for each guest.

Want more info or to book your party? Email us at

The chainsaw revving up is a sound you’ll hear a lot when you visit the Lake House. If you stick around long enough to catch a glimpse of the chainsaw, you might see the blood stains on the tip of the blade. And Archer Watts, the chainsaw operator, wants you to stick around.

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Life in Saylorsburg in the 1960s was rough. Archer was a hard working miner, but all that hard work only led to a few dollars in his pocket each day. Barely able to feed his family led Archer into a deep, dark depression, so he decided the best thing to do was to end his wife and daughters’ misery. His own misery made him feel it was best to save them from the pain of the cruel world they were living in. So late one night when Archer felt even more despair then ever, he suffocated the three most important ladies in his life with their pillows while they slept. In an effort to conceal what he had done, he used a chainsaw to dismember their bodies. He tossed their remains into the back of his 1947 Ford Model A. After having a few too many drinks, Archer proceeded to drive the family car into a large oak tree on the side of the road. Reports say that when help arrived, there was no driver in the vehicle. The only thing left behind were the remnants of the Watts family and the stench of despair.

Archer lies low these days, but on occasion, normally in the fall when the days grow shorter and the night grow colder, he comes to town to drink away his pain. Given his past history and dark moods, he has no problem taking care of anyone who crosses his path. So when you see him at the Lake House, steer clear of him. You’ll know Archer is near by the sound of his chainsaw.