Black's Haunted House
As a family we always went on yearly vacations all over Florida. So in my 50 years I have seen and worked at a lot of attractions. But Blacks Haunted House (I believe in Ocala) stands out more then most.
I was maybe 10 and we saw a billboard and I said "hey that looks like fun"!..silly me. The 4 of us walked though one of the best haunted houses ever. Now I could handle it..but then it scared the pants off me.
It was in an old house and the first room you walked into had a witch mixing her brew in a cauldron, then she sat up suddenly and cackled.
Great BOO factor!
We all jumped then laughed and walked to the next room which had the Frankenstein monster lying on a table.
Egor was in the corner, very eerie and then the table started to turn very slowly....but out of the corner of my eye I swear it looked like Egor was standing a little closer. I know it was an optical illusion from the angle of the table moving..but it really looks like...and just then Egor comes running at us like a mad man and chases us out of the room.
At that moment we knew that every room would have someone alive in it. You have to understand, this is long before Halloween Horror Nites. It was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life...And I truly believe it was before it's time.
That day I thought I was gonna die.. now you can't keep me out of haunted houses. We told everyone about Blacks when we got back from vacation and it was the hit of the trip..even though we didn't realize it when we were going through it. I wish it were open today..I would most certainly make the trip back.
Think about it, 40 years later and I remember it like yesterday, it affected me and my family greatly.
I wonder if Mr. Black knew?
Reply from Florida Backroads Travel.
Cricket, thanks a lot for sharing your memories of Black's Haunted House. I had not heard of it before, and couldn't find anything on the internet.
In any event, it sounds like a tremendous attraction and it's great you still remember it so fondly.