Even though it's the post Labor Day season on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland, there are plenty of tourists strolling about and stopping to indulge in food, games and attractions on this early September evening. The lure of the sand and beach have given way to a vast variety of nightlife, souvenir shops, arcades, cafes,
and entertainment.
     Just a few buildings down from the end of the boardwalk is The Haunted House, operated by Granville Trimper. Behind it is his amusement park, Trimper Rides, a family-owned landmark in this famous resort city for over a hundred years.

Tourists stop in their tracks as they approach The Haunted House. They’re bewildered by the crooked clapboard, the giant bat on the balcony, and the animated headless “barker” from Sally Corporation. As the barker gives his spiel on the merits of riding, an unseen organ (actually a digital sound repeater) plays funeral procession music. How appropriate, since the 11 ride car fleet consists of coffins on wheels!

      As most of you know, this ride was designed by Bill Tracy for the 1962 season. But what you probably didn’t know is that it originated as a one-story ride and ran that way until 1988 when Mr. Trimper acquired another Tracy ride, the Ghost Ship, from the defunct Playland Park, a few miles north.
In early 1988, he and his staff completed the “merger” by removing the stunts and track from The Haunted House, leveling the building, and installed a new two-story ride, incorporating the track, three ride cars and most of the stunts they salvaged from the Ghost Ship. The nautical-theme stunts, combined with the ride’s original figures, make this attraction a true spooky seaside home . Mr. Trimper himself designed the new floor plan for the reborn Haunted House. But to truly appreciate the legacy of The Haunted House, let’s go back

Mr. Granville Trimper, patriarch of the Trimper Family, owners of Trimper's Rides and Amusements in Ocean City, Maryland since 1890.
prior to 1962 when it was the Windsor Theater. Granville Trimper ran the movie projector back then. After the movie house closed, the building became the site of the Gay 90s nightclub and later a roller skating rink. But Mr. Trimper’s 1961 visit to Maryland’s former Glen Echo Park would spark a new beginning for this boardwalk building.

The "Whacky Shack" architecture of Bill Tracy abounds inside and outside the Haunted House.

Left: Ornately carved wooden 'Coffin Cars' lined up in the main entry.

Distorted wall decor and demonic portraits adorn the left wall of the lobby.

More Tracy interior design is evident around the main car queue area.

The inside of the ticket booth affords a skewed view of the boardwalk and ocean front.