sarah nienaber

The Smell of Death

Visitors to the Haunted Basement may encounter cadaverine, cat-urine, and gasoline-like odors. Nicola Twilley speaks with the creators of the frightening smellscape: 

Alongside smell-delivery systems, the team has developed an ever more refined sense of the narrative role that smell can play in a haunted house. “Initially, it was just bad smells,” McGinley said. “By the second or third year, we began to wonder, O.K., what else can you do with smell that is disorientating or unexpected?’”

Photograph courtesy Sarah Nienaber