Sloss Fright Furnace

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Sloss Fright Furnace is an annual haunted attraction held at Sloss Furnaces.

The event, held in October of each year since 1998, plays up reports of supposed paranormal activity at Sloss to help create its atmosphere. Marketers even created a new ghost story, about James "Slag" Wormwood, to lure people to the attraction. Wormwood is a fictional, abusive manager of the graveyard shift at Sloss from the early 1900s, who fell into the furnace and died instantly in October 1906. The story goes that his spirit continues to haunt Sloss.

Fright Furnace's primary attraction is a haunted trail featuring numerous actors in makeup and costumes. Other attractions include a concession stand (the Roadkill Cafe), 3-D mazes, continuous scenes from horror movies projected on a 25-foot wall, psychic readings, and live entertainment (Stages of Death).

Sloss Furnaces
Events Magic City Brewfest · Preserve Jazz Festival · Sloss Fright Furnace · Stokin' the Fire BBQ Festival
Exhibits Engine No. 4018 · Sloss Quarters
Owners Sloss Furnace Company · Sloss Iron & Steel Company · Sloss-Sheffield Steel & Iron Company · U.S. Pipe · Jim Walter Corporation
People Joseph Johnston · Theophilus Jowers (The Ghost in Sloss Furnaces) · Hugh Morrow · James Sloss
Programs Sloss Metal Arts · Sloss Performing Arts Program

External links


  • "(Haunted) House Party Some New Tricks to Treat Brave of Heart this Year." (October 21, 1998). The Birmingham News.
  • Diel, Stan. (October 21, 2007). "Spirit hunters haunt Sloss." The Birmingham News.