Ideal Haunted House game
The Ideal Haunted House game is a vintage board game produced during the 1960s by the American company Ideal.
As an advertising gimmick, the game was originally priced for retail at $6.66.
The Ideal Haunted House game
The game is played vertically on a board that resembles a haunted house. Players move up through the rooms of the house until they reach the attic, in search of a hidden Ruby jewel.
The house/board is supported by two vertical metal rods which hold it in place, and each room contains a surprise such as a hidden door or a ghost.
The game also featured a unique owl spinner instead of a set of dice. Each player takes a turn to pull the lever, which hoots and activates a fruit-machine style spinner which tells the player how many spaces to move.
In the first edition of this game the board is placed against a red cardboard background, which also features a slot into which the owl spinner can be placed. Later versions of the game do not feature this background. And others have a flat cardboard owl spinner.
How much is an Ideal Haunted House game worth?
The game is popular amongst board game collectors due to its unique three-dimensional board and vertical layout.
Examples in good boxed condition with missing pieces have sold on sites such as eBay for over $100, and complete versions with the early hooting owl spinner can sell for more than $150 in some circumstances.