Haunted House Depicts Chilling Reality Of "Vicious Web Of Addiction"

By Victoria Kim 10/31/19

The Haunted Trap House was described as a “walking, shrieking, living, screaming PSA.”

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A Maryland community put on a unique haunted house experience to bring light to the county’s opioid nightmare.

The Haunted Trap House, which ran from Oct. 24-26 in Centreville, drew “realistic scenes depicting the tragedy of a young teen who becomes entangled in the web of addiction.”

This included a dramatization of shooting heroin and fentanyl, arrest, the impact on family, and overdose. The Washington Post described it as a “walking, shrieking, living, screaming PSA.”

The horror show also featured experts on site, ready to help connect people to recovery support. “If we can help one person—just one person stops using or doesn’t start using because of this—it’s all worth it,” said Eric B. Johnson, who helped organize the event.

A Modern Revival Of The Haunted Crack House

Johnson was a part of the original “Haunted Crack House” from 30 years ago at 13 years old. The Haunted Trap House is a modern revival of the original project, renamed for the opioid nightmare haunting Queen Anne’s County.

"The opioid epidemic is devastating to our community," said Maggie Thomas, a local health department official who helped organize the Trap House. 

Community members young and old participated in bringing the recent Trap House project to life—many of them impacted by drug abuse. “It got my favorite uncle. It was a really hard loss,” one young participant said, according to the Post.

A teacher said, “I heard the middle-schoolers on our bus talking about how good the heroin is. Middle-schoolers.”

Johnson, too, lost his brother-in-law to a heroin overdose last year.

Johnson and his team hoped to spark important conversation surrounding the dire issue.

Starting A Conversation

“Our hope is that after touring this event, families will engage in thoughtful discussions about the risks of substance use and the benefits associated with healthier decisions,” organizers said on the haunted house’s Eventbrite page. “In the end, we’d like our community to come away with a better understanding of community resources available to those in need—and be further mobilized in our fight to address the opioid epidemic.”

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