Slipknot Are Ready For Halloween With Creepy Iowa 'Slaughterhouse' Attraction

Shawn Crahan


Every day is Halloween for masked metalheads Slipknot, and you'd better believe they're bringing their A-game this month with "The Slaughterhouse," an Iowa haunted house experience that's based on their spooky brand.

In a video promoting the attraction, creative director Ian Miller calls it a "whole other's a walk through cinematic experience, and a the slaughterhouse the people are the pigs...we are processing you."

Open for your scaring pleasure since Oct. 5 at the Barnum Factory in Des Moines, the Slaughterhouse features "missing" posters of the band members, super scary pig heads mounted on the walls, jars filled with any manner of weird organs and human faces, zombie dudes hanging from chains screaming at you, and a blood-splattered bathroom with some of the band's lyrics scrawled across the tiles, as well as tons of Easter eggs for all the true Maggots out there. 

"We set ya up, we de-hair ya, we incinerate ya and then we run you through," says Miller, who adds that the whole vibe is meant to evoke the "presence" and "energy" that Slipknot embody. The haunt is open Thursday-Sunday in October, and, of course, on Halloween night, with the Des Moines Register predicting that more than 12,000 could attend this year. “It’s all about a special experience, making it one-on-one, almost,” Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan told the paper.  “It really is going to be a moment in our history, in their history. And our history in Des Moines.”

This year's edition features around 40 actors hired to bring the band's musical catalog and signature creepy masked look to life, with lyrics from 2004's "The Nameless" scrawled across the wall in one room and shelves stacked with barrel drums and a bloody "Welcome to Iowa" sign filling up another as screaming, mutilated bodies dressed in Slipknot shirts jump out as the band's music blasts from boomboxes. The Register describes the ninth edition of the Slaughterhouse as an off-putting journey, with "sliding floors, walls painted with dizzying designs, a claustrophobia hallway [and] explosive lighting." 

Check out the preview below.


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