On October 2, 1964, Sarah and Nelson James’ nanny dropped them off at Farmer John’s Meat Packing Plant for a visit with their father, the plant’s owner. When she returned to pick them up, the children had vanished. Less than a month later, their father’s body was discovered in the plant’s recesses, but mystery still surrounds the actual series of events that led to all three disappearances.
The Slaughterhouse invites guests to experience the eeriness that has plagued the plant ever since, all for the benefit of charitable causes. By hosting haunted houses and spooky events, The Slaughterhouse has raised more than $40,000 for organizations such as the American Diabetes Association. Visitors interested in befriending the venue’s mischievous specters can embark on ghost tours, which explore the premise’s haunted depths. Alternatively, on-the-go partiers can select from a rental fleet of trailers packed with haunted-house-style frights or sound-system-equipped hearses, ideal for proving coolness to judgmental teenage vampires.