The Insider: Alumnus has a hauntingly ghoulish job

October 31, 2011 5:41 AM


Upon entering a haunted house at Halloween, you may experience the hairs on your forearms rise in anticipation of the frights ahead. Those frights are the result of months of design by individuals such as Harold Bufford, a Tulane computer engineering alumnus and owner of the New Orleans–based Dead House Designs.


In addition to designing sets, computer engineering alumnus Harold Bufford works the control center at the House of Shock during its nightly stage show, which includes live music, video and pyrotechnics. (Photo from Harold Bufford)

Bufford and his business partners launched Dead House Designs in February 2011 and soon entered into a relationship with haunted attraction heavyweight The House of Shock, providing props, lighting and sound design.

“I engineered all the sound that is inside the haunted house and I am in charge of all the pneumatic props,” says Bufford. “I also programmed the console that runs the active lighting on the inside, as well as all the video for the stage show.”

This Halloween season, the New Orleans native has commuted weekly from his residence in Kissimmee, Fla., where he works in the scientific systems division at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Don’t worry, there’s still time to see Bufford’s work up close — if you dare!

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