Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hreflection: Toy Haunted House from the 60s

One of my favorite STNG episodes includes a subplot where a guest on the Enterprise helps crew members figure out what happened to their lost toys. Back in the 60s, I had a toy haunted house. It was made out of metal and ran on batteries. Along one side was a set of typewriter keys. Each key caused a different action to take place in and around the house. One would cause a cat to jump from behind a shrub. Another would have door creak open. Others would control a ghost coming out of the chimney or another one to be backlit in the window.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Update: Turns out this is known as the Hootin Hollow Haunted House. It was manufactured by Marx and sold by Sears. It was the subject of an appraisal on the Antiques Roadshow in 2002. The appraised it at $1500. High quality examples with boxes go for higher prices.


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