Zombies? In the Old West?
It’s not quite as much of a stretch as you might think. The word “zombie” was first recorded in the English language in 1819 (at that time is was written as “zombi”). It was included in a history of Brazil written by the poet Robert Southey. It is entirely possible that, by the late 1800s (the time period in which our haunted attraction is placed), stories of zombies might have traveled to the Old West in the form of stories told around the campfire even though the idea of zombies didn’t get much international attention until between 1915 – 1934.
While the idea of zombie stories in the Old West is purely speculation on our part, it’s created a fun and morbid premise for the “slackjaws” of Haunting Ellensburg’s first haunted attraction while still honoring the local culture. So come to our haunt and we’re sure you’ll agree, Ellensburg’s never been so scary.