Enter if you dare…
Ghouls, goblins, and other unearthly creatures are invited to hang their head – er, hat – at Waxahachie’s Munster Mansion, a colossal replica of the house featured in ’60s cult-classic sitcom, The Munsters. [Featured image: @instagram.com/jvaughn7266]
During the golden and garish days of American television, The Addams Family weren’t the only macabre bunch on screen. With a flip of the channel, you could also tune in to The Munsters, a benign family of monsters who lived in a terrific mansion on 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
The show only ran for two seasons but instantly garnered a cult following. Perhaps leading that cult, are Sandra and Charles McKee, who’ve built a painstakingly accurate recreation of the mansion out of their home in the town of Waxahachie, Texas.
“Many pieces in the house are from the show or exact matches of items from the show. This is a living work as each year more detail is added, and more items collected to make this as exact as it can be,” the mansion’s website reads. “It was a challenging project, as there were no plans or blueprints to go by. The house was completely designed by the use of the show footage.”
Even if you’ve never seen the show, the Munster Mansion is truly a sight to behold. From the cobwebs shrouding a Victorian-era piano, to the trapdoor in the staircase, to the secret room behind the bookshelf, to the coffin on wheels parked out front, the McKee’s mansion is a must-visit for horror fans.
Tours of the mansion start at $120 for groups of four, with each additional guest to the group costing $30 a head.
The Munster Mansion also hosts monthly Murder Mystery Dinners – the next one, Mardi Gras-themed, scheduled for the night of May 22, 2021. The dinners include a 40-minute tour of the mansion, followed by a three-hour murder mystery complimented with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Guests must be 21-years old or older and don a costume. To reserve your place, you can contact them at their email address.