Auction could take place if Hangman’s sale gets hung up

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A sale must be made in the next few days or a creepy Fort Worth legend will be sold in pieces to the highest bidders — an auction that could be a bonanza for party planners or collectors of creepy paraphernalia.

If Hangman’s House of Horrors isn’t sold, retired president D’Ann Dagen said, an auction will be conducted May 10 and the spinning tunnels, skeletons, bones, lumber, ice machines and hundreds of other pieces will go to the highest bidders.

Sale advertisements started going up this week for the haunted house, which closed in November after its 25th season. Just the year before, it was named one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the nation by Yahoo! Travel.

Dagen announced in the fall that she was retiring.

“Obviously, I would prefer it would sell lock, stock and barrel,” said Dagen, whose company La-De-Da Productions, operated Hangman’s, which gave its profits to local charities. “We have a fabulous location for it, because it would be moved if we sell it.”

Because of a possible sale, Dagen said she couldn’t discuss details. Advertisements say an experienced business owner and more than 1,000 volunteers are ready to go forward.

“We even have an antique piano,” Dagen said.

Hangman’s began in an old barn on the banks of the Trinity River, just north of Interstate 30 and Forest Park Boulevard, and then moved in 1993 across the street to its current home.

If the sale goes through, Hezekiah Jones, aka The Hangman, will rise again.

So, as Hangman says:” Hang loose, hang around, hang out, hang in there, but never get hung up.”

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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