Once Upon A Time This Haunted Mansion At Funtown Scared Everyone In Maine
It may be one of those childhood memories that you can't shake. A family trip to Funtown in the late 80's through the early-to-mid 90's and as you approach the front entrance, you take a look at the park. You see the rollercoaster, the log flume, and something else catches your eye. A somewhat dilapidated gray-greenish house with boarded up windows. That was the Haunted Mansion. A short-lived but beloved attraction for so many at Funtown for a decade.
Believe it or not, the Haunted Mansion wasn't even technically part of Funtown. It belonged to the Cascade Water and Amusement park which later would become Splashtown. According to Funtown's History, the Haunted Mansion opened in 1986 but had to close in 1996 due to "the high risk of operation". It left a creepy little hole in the Funtown/Splashtown experience for many.
Thankfully, a webpage was launched by a former employee and actor at the Haunted Mansion named Dave Gagne that brought together a collection of pictures and stories about the fabled attraction. We've featured some of the photos shared on that webpage in this post, but we highly encourage you to dig in further if you have the time.
The Haunted Mansion itself was about the scariest attraction in New England at the time of its operation. The building was creepy, the fencing was creepy, the place even had a hearse parked outside just to remind you that death was on the doorstep. Inside the "mansion", there were live actors just to bring an extra level of scare to the operation. If you've ever been to Disney's Haunted Mansion, this one was far more authentically SCARY.
When the decision was made to close the attraction, the house itself needed to be dealt with. Believe it or not, it was burned to the ground. All of those hauntings over the years went up in flames. Some of the pictures of that controlled burn are simply stunning.
Every Halloween, we have plenty of haunts that seasonably pop-up to scare us all here in Maine. But every summer for a decade, we had the Haunted Mansion at Funtown. A place you promised you weren't scared of until you approached that gothic fence and thought to yourself "I've made a mistake". Perhaps someday, Funtown will get ambitious and turn their entire park "haunted" during the offseason. For now, we can all reminisce about a time when a small piece of it was as scary as it comes. We still miss you Haunted Mansion.