Abbotsford Jaycees Annual Haunted House
Annual Haunted House
For several years, I was a member of the
During that time, I was involved with their annual Haunted
House project, in October, and, as I recall, for at least one of
those years, I was in charge(i.e. chairman) of that
project. The chapter used the Haunted House as a
fund-raiser for their many projects. It was a big hit
every year, with the young people.
In one year that I was involved with that project, I enlisted
the help of a good friend of mine, and a fellow Amateur Radio
operator(WA9ZCO), Marc Winzenried, who, at the time, was
residing in Dorchester, WI.
Being an electronics engineer, by trade, Marc designed a
"control panel" that would control our haunted house exhibit,
including the operation of the "monsters" themselves, some
strobe lights, as well as the music.
Here are a few photos:
Here is Marc Winzenried, standing
next to our display for the haunted house. This photo
was taken in October, 1991, when we held the Abbotsford
Jaycee's Haunted House in the old Abbotsford National Guard
armory, in downtown Abbotsford. Marc and I had our
display set up in a room in the upstairs of the
building. It consisted of three "monsters", which Marc
had put together. They were all "wearing" wragged
shirts, covered with cobwebs, and the heads consisted of
"monster masks" with "glowing red LED bulbs" in place of the
eyes. In addition, each "monster's" head was mounted on
a piece of black pipe, tied to a rotor, so that, in time with
the music, each head's eyes would come on and glow and
increase & decrease in intensity, as well as the entire
head swiveling back and forth, in time with the music.
We would show our display in a darkened room, for increased
Here is Marc's "control panel" which
electronically controlled our display. You can see an
8-track tape unit displayed in the lower, left-hand side of
the control panel. We used music tracks from a
Pink Floyd album, "The Wall", including the track "Is There
Anybody Out There?", as background music for our display.
The panel also included a stereo amplifier, a power
supply and an Omron industrial programmable logic
controller. The stereo amplifier was connected to a pair
of speakers, good for about 50 watts each, with 10-inch
woofers and 3-inch horn tweeters. A red backlit
pushbutton on the side of the control panel was used by the
haunted house "guides" to activate the entire light and sound
sequence, at the appropriate moment.
While Marc did the bulk of the
"electronic" work, I helped where I could with the
rest of our display. In this particular year, I had
"borrowed" this "body", used to display the "innard
workings" of the human body, from the local high school.
I placed it in a couple of carboard boxes, which I had
spray-painted with some greenish flourescent spray
paint. So, with the lights out in the room, and
controlled by Marc's electronics, at the appropriate moment, a
"black light" would come on, showing this "gruesome guy".
When the Abbotsford Jaycee chapter was finally disbanded, Marc
and I agreed that we would donate our Haunted House "display",
including the 3 monsters, and their "electronic control panel",
to the Medford Jaycee chapter. I wonder whatever became of