A Christian haunted house that was scheduled to take place at the Fernwood Elementary School in Chicago Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 was recently canceled. The event was to include a partial recreation of the mass shooting that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) spokesman Michael Passman told the Windy City Times via email on Oct. 28: "The event organizers mischaracterized the true content of the event, and we did not approve any association with the activities the organizers have now advertised. The event will not be held on CPS property."
The newspaper notes the haunted house was advertised as "The Room: A Journey to Hell," and a "Christian interactive experience."
The haunted house was to be put on by Tyrone Tappler Productions, which reportedly put out a call on Facebook for people to participate: "Club Pulse, Dancers, Victims … CAGED PEOPLE/SCREAMERS, Extras needed trying to escape a cage! … SOUNDS INTERESTING? COME OUT THIS SATURDAY!!!"
The event was going to include more grisly scenes, including an abortion gone wrong and the Charleston church mass shooting from 2015.
The Eventbrite page where people could buy tickets described the event:
THE ROOM is a real life haunted house. Guest will experience IN YOUR FACE scenes of dark reality. "A trip through hell" You will walk in 10 Rooms and encounter individuals who will make choices. The choice is life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell. The scenes will be action-packed, real and jaw dropping. THE ROOM is not your typical haunted house. Once you enter there is no looking back- it's time to face the consequences of your actions....
These types of Christian haunted houses use shocking depictions of death and horror to convert people to Christianity after they walk through, thus the "life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell" part.
Tyrone Tappler Productions did not return a phone call from the Windy City Times.
According to The Huffington Post, Tappler tweeted on Oct. 29: "GM THE ROOM IS OFFICIALLY BANNED! As of Friday, 7:17pm. There will be no show TODAY OR Tomorrow! Sorry for the inconvenience."
Tappler, who reportedly describes himself as a licensed minister, also tweeted: "They dont know im a Trailblazer...."