By Calgary Maez
Dragon’s House of Horror has returned to Albuquerque to deliver another round of chills and thrills this Halloween season. Business owner Ron Gideon opened the doors to the local haunted house Oct. 4th where it will remain open until Nov. 2, 2019. Located at Expo New Mexico, Dragon’s House of Horror is open Tuesday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. Additionally, Dragon’s House of Horror will be open Halloween night, Thursday, October 31st from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The family-owned business, Dragon’s House of Horror strives to keep their haunt interesting every year and promises to maintain a safe and fun environment for everyone to enjoy. This dedication helps to make it a perfect attraction to attend this Halloween season.
The chilling haunt has been a staple of New Mexico since its opening in 2010. While initially moving through various locations, Dragon’s House of Horror has been featured at Expo New Mexico for the last five years.
As the longest open professional haunted house in the state, Dragon’s House of Horror has garnered attention both locally and nationally. In 2015 Dragon’s House of Horror earned the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Walk Through Indoor Horror House coming in at 7,183 feet. The local haunt has yet to be defeated and continues to hold the record to this day.
Despite the change of scenery from early years and the growth of the haunted house, Gideon said he started the house for the youth of Albuquerque and has always kept that in mind throughout the years.
“You know, when my kids were teenagers in school, I wanted a place for them to be safe and get candy, so we started a Halloween party/haunted house, and from there it grew to become the world’s longest haunted house,” Gideon said.
The years of hard work that Gideon and his team have put into delivering a truly horrifying experience, only help cement the local haunt’s place as part of Albuquerque’s culture. Every section of the haunted house has a different horror theme; whether it be a basement slaughterhouse or a creepy Annabelle doll section, the scares are endless.
For Gideon and his team there is always room for advancement. They have already begun preparations to put Dragon’s House of Horror on the map again by smashing another Guinness World Record. This time for the world’s longest walk through haunted attraction.
“The record is only 6,000 feet, and we can beat that in our sleep,” Gideon said with a grin.
Gideon cares deeply for his team and said that those involved in the family-owned business from employees to student volunteers make Dragon’s House of Horror what it is. He stated their success is important to him, even student volunteers are required to maintain good grades to work on the haunt.
“It doesn’t matter your race, gender, or sexual orientation because in here, we are all one. It’s how everybody should be treated,” Gideon said.
Gideon emphasized that he believes what makes Dragon’s House of Horror standout from the rest is its unique visuals, and the imagination that goes into every room, preventing it from becoming another “cookie-cutter haunt.”
“Dragon’s switches up and changes every single year,” Gideon said. We use different props from different movies that were used on their sets. We will never touch you. That’s how we’ve been since the beginning and what we will continue to do.”
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Photos by ABQ-Live Photographer Mike Griego Jr