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Pataskala Horror House Holds "Swastika Saturday"

A Pataskala haunted house drew protestors and condemnation Saturday, for an event that seemed particularly offensive after the morning’s shooting at a Pennsylvania synagogue.  Alison Holm reports.

“Swastika Saturday” is reportedly a 28-year insider tradition at the Haunted Hoochie, when staff push the boundaries of what’s scary and offensive a step farther. But in the wake of an attack at the Tree of Life synagogue that left 11 worshippers dead, protestors like Gail Burkholder of Columbus felt it was a step too far.


“Ghosts and goblins probably aren’t real. The Holocaust was real. What happened yesterday in Pittsburgh was real. The Daily Stormer is real. There’s a difference between fake evil and real evil. Swastikas are real evil.”


The band Only Flesh scheduled to perform at the event Saturday night cancelled. A message on their Facebook page explained: “We do not condone hate speech or racism in any way and cannot be associated with a place that promotes a “swastica [sic] saturday”.


About a dozen people were on hand for the impromptu protest. The management of the Haunted Hoochie have not commented on the event.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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