Halloween Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
683 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
A haunted house in Iowa was closed down by the city before it opened. This is a case of making sure all your ducks are in a row before setting it all up. Apparently she didn't check all the city codes and had no emergency exits, electricity, or fire alarms. She says she is going to move it to another town nearby. I just hope she checks all the ordinances there before going through all the trouble.

Here is the story:

http://www.weareiowa.com/news/local-news/haunted-house-in-limbo-due-to-safety-concerns/838430681
 

·
His name is Roger Clyne
Joined
·
10,478 Posts
If she wanted to have people go through it for free & take "donations" instead she might get past the rules, but that would have had to happen before this story hit.

If she'd been a member here we could have warned her beforehand.

The general rule is that if you're going to charge an entry fee for your haunt of any size, you will have to be inspected & conform to certain fire, safety & insurance rules. Those will vary from county to county & state to state, but that's generally a good rule of thumb. I'd also imagine the size of your haunt may make a difference, but once again, if you have even the slightest doubt, you should check with local authorities whether it's town, county or state (though usually it's a county or town ruling).

And please, don't wait until October 28 to check, check in January of the year you're doing it. The earlier the better, maybe even Nov. 1 of the year before!!

If you're like most of us here & just set up your yard, or maybe leave out a donation bucket for a local charity, then you're most likely OK, but once again, if you're ever in doubt, pleasepleaseplease check with the local fire depart or county folks.
 

·
Seer of All
Joined
·
2,939 Posts
Nothing more than a case of poor planning on the part of the owner. She's a realtor who obviously buys and sells commercial property. There's no way she didn't know there would be safety regulations and codes to pass.
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top