If you’re familiar with the background of HauntYourHouse.net, you’ll know that we have been a huge supporter and volunteer for the Sparta Wisconsin based haunted attraction call the “House of Shadows”. As the building we host our haunt in was once part of the Wisconsin State Child Center which was originally built in the late 1880’s as a home for dependant and neglected children, this site has seen history that most people today could only read or hear stories about.

Though the original site of three cottages were only intended for about twelve children each, within a matter of months the site was severely maxed out with around sixty children, boys and girls, ranging from ages of just a few months to upper teens. This site would eventually expand to over ten buildings including a three story administration building, a hospital, and infirmary to house and care for eventually several thousand children over the operational time of the facility.

By the late 1920’s the growing numbers of children suffering from various non curable diseases of that time period such as Polio, Measles, Scarlet Fever, it was apparent that an onsite facility be built to care for such individuals, and so an infirmary building was constructed in 1932 and was in use until the entire Child Center closed its doors for good in 1976. Unlike many the other buildings once part of the child center, this building still stands, and has hosted our haunt (House of Shadows) for over ten years.

Throughout this time, our location including the onsite cemetery of over 100 graves, have caught the interests of several paranormal investigations by various groups from around the Wisconsin and Minnesota area. One such group led by Neil Nystrom and Boyd Hanson of Western Wisconsin Paranormal Investigators (WWPI) has conducted several investigations of the old infirmary as well as several other locations around the area. Neil, Boyd, and their team had spent several nights last haunt season, actually at our haunt speaking with our awaiting guests. WWPI will be answering questions again this season about investigating paranormal activities and going over their findings from past investigations at out haunts location as well.

Be sure to stop by the House of Shadows this 2010 season and take the opportunity to talk with Neil and Boyd of WWPI.

Operational nights of our haunt are posted at www.hauntyourhouse.net/house_of_shadows.html.