Mesa's Monsterland to Close Next Weekend
Cue up Chopin's infamous funeral march because it looks like Monsterland in Mesa is headed for the grave.
Benjamin Leatherman Monsterland R.I.P.
The proprietors of the East Valley attraction (which functioned as a haunted house, restaurant, bar, and nightclub) announced on both Facebook and Twitter earlier today that it will close on January 19.
The post, which was made just before noon, was fairly brief but upbeat, given the circumstances
Well guys it's been a great ride!! We absolutely love all our fans and appreciate you all supporting us in this AMAZING adventure!! But we regret to inform you all that Monsterland will be closing.
According to folks behind the scenes at Monsterland, the establishment -- like most small businesses that have shook loose the mortal coil in recent years - has fallen victim to a grim reaper in the form of financial problems.
Monsterland, which first debuted in September 2011, had a brief lifespan that may have lasted less than two years but involved plenty of tumultuousness. Less than six months after opening as just a Halloween season attraction, co-owner Kevin Wynn announced plans to convert it into a year-round haunted house, eatery, and nightspot.
Courtesy of Monsterland Monsterland's nightclub/dance floor.
It was a grand but costly transformation that Monsterland spokesperson Aly Gangemi told Jackalope Ranch may have been the place's undoing.
"The investment in the haunted house initially was a good chunk of money and then we gutted out a lot of the stuff we spent a bunch of money on and turned it into a restaurant and bar," Gangemi says. "And our kickoff date [after the remodel] was fantastic and we had busy nights and busy events all through the summer, and October was amazing, which we expected."
Then came November, she adds, and the post-Halloween doldrums.