How would you like to attend a Halloween festival held at the the most iconic house in television history-- the home of the Munster family.
Charles and Sandra McKee have the ultimate Munsters collectible: A replica of the house on 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Except this house is locate in Waxahachie, Texas. And this isn't just a facade like the one at Universal Studios.
The house isn't just for show, it's a real house that the McKees live in, so it's not open to the public, except for their annual Halloween Charity Bash. The big bash, a family friendly event, is on October 18 & 19, 2013 (7PM - Midnight). For just $20 for adults, $12 for kids, you can get a tour of the house, meet Pat Priest who played Marilyn Munster from 1964-66 on the original series, there's food, midway games, a live band, and family friendly entertainment. You can get complete details on their official web site.
In December of 2001, Charles McKee McKee and his wife Sandra, started construction on their dream house, situated just thirty miles south of Dallas Fort-Worth on the outskirts of the small Texas town of Waxahachie, the instantly recognizable home of televisions most fiendishly funny and 'abnormal' monster family stands forebodingly. Owned and built by Sandra and Charles McKee, the Munster Mansion (as it is now known) is a 5,825-square-foot Victorian style house, with a shockingly accurate interior that matches the set used on the series, complete with a staircase that opens and a dungeon trap door in the living room.
The initial construction cost was estimated at $250,000 and completed in 2002. Contractor Steve Wilson said Universal Studios, which owns rights to the show, has been supportive. In fact it seems like Universal even appreciates the press coverage they've been getting.
1. Front doors for Herman to crash through. 2. Completed Foyer w/ Butch Patrick and Grandpa George 3. Foyer under construction 4. The real house in 1963 5. The replica under construction.
As the McKees keeping adding details to the house, it may never be complete, but in 2002 cast alumni Al Lewis and Butch Patrick appeared at the public grand opening. Lewis exclaimed, with tears in his eyes, "This brings back warm memories." The house comes equipped with a grand staircase (which opens up to reveal Spot), a rotating suit of armor, trap doors, secret passages, Grandpa's electric chair, a pipe organ, raven cuckoo clock, a crooked bat weather vane on the roof and even a dungeon complete with trap door.
The Munster's house shown under construction in March of 2002
The Munster Mansion Halloween Bash each year selects a local charity and donates proceeds from the event, The Salvation Army this year.
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