History of the Haunted Hotel

By Barry Blaisdell on August 19th, 2017

The Haunted Hotel began in 1982 inside the Rosemont Hotel in downtown Beaumont. The Rosemont was built in 1893 and served as many different venues, some more on the red light scene. For 24 years we continued to grow and provide the community with a safe, but scary, experience. It didn't take long for anyone working in, or on, the building to realize they weren't alone. Unexplained footsteps and the sounds of closing doors were a regular occurence in the building. There were even reports of physical contact with workers and an unknown force.

In 2003 we were forced to leave the historical building due to the deteriating condition it was becoming. It was thought that would be the end of the Haunted Hotel, but we were wrong. Forces came together and we found a new home inside a local entertainment park, the Sports Connection Complex. While there, we honed our skills and talents that eventualy defined the Haunted Hotel as being the premiere haunted attraction between Houston and Lake Charles. Our actors, and crew continued to learn what made fear a reality for our guests and while doing so started to be recogonzied across the country by other haunted attraction professionals.

We stayed at that location 12 years, but 2014 we suffered a devestating fire a week before Halloween and forced us to closed the doors for what we thought would be the final time. In April of 2015 we bought the old Serafino / F & M building at 447 Orleans. The new building shares a wall of the original Haunted Hotel, and some say even more. Our designers had things moved without knowledge, doors left opened after closing, and even an old headstone discovered under an old decking in the courtyard. Shadows roam the halls and voices travel down the staiwells. We returned to Crockett and Orleans for the biggest event to hit downtown Beaumont in years for the Halloween season of 2015. Now, we continue to work hard to bring southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana an attraction that becomes a Halloween tradition for several generations. That year was the most talked about season the Haunted Hotel has ever had, and we were nationaly ranked by HauntWorld Magazine as 9th in the nation and first in the state for being one of the most extreme haunted attractions and was featured in their quartly magazine. Our crew is waiting and ready to share this experience with you, if you dare.