The Most Haunted KC Hotel Charges $40 Entry But Has Rotted Wood, No License

When it comes to Halloween, Aaron Jacobsen and his grown children are all about a good fright. For this reason, the Douglas County clan has spent more years than they want to count at Kansas City’s most renowned haunted homes, including The Beast, Edge of Hell, and Macabre Cinema, located in abandoned warehouses in the city’s West Bottoms neighborhood.

Jacobsen claimed that he and his two companions paid $40 each in cash to explore a neighboring warehouse called the Blossom House Haunted Hotel, which advertised itself online as a genuine, non-staged paranormal encounter. Jacobsen, 53, has worked in construction for 20 years. He was not afraid of ghosts when he entered the warehouse at 817 Santa Fe St. because he had never had a real ghostly encounter.

He was afraid of the five-story warehouse since it was in such bad shape. It had rotting wood, damaged joists, no sprinkler system, no emergency exits, a leaking roof (as proven by rainfall caught in plastic kiddie pools), no bathrooms, and limited electricity and plumbing. The tour guide opened a trapdoor in the floor, and the guests descended a precariously placed ladder into the abyss below.

At least two websites were still advertising Blossom House Haunted Hotel tours as recently as early this week. In response to a reservation request by The Star’s staff, the hotel’s reservation confirmation message said, “Use the bathroom before coming but we can supply bucket and toilet paper.”

The structure should not be entered. It gave me the willies. “It made me feel uneasy,” Jacobsen admitted. The Star was able to verify this week through state and city records that the warehouse is not authorized to conduct business in Missouri or Kansas City. It’s not legally allowed to be a haunted house. It has not been given the green light to open to the public and compete on the same level as legal attractions like Edge of Hell.

Calls were returned. On Tuesday, the building’s owner, Luther Glenn McCubbin, who identified himself as a hotel bellhop in Kansas City, admitted that his warehouse does not have the proper permits or fire inspections to operate as a business. He claimed there was no functional sprinkler system in the building. McCubbin added that the warehouse is not functional despite its online presence and the fact that consumers have been paying cash.

I quote: “We’re not totally open yet,” he said. I’m just seeing what happens here, you know? The huge license hasn’t come through just yet. I must obtain a valid license. What I need to do is contact the fire department. About two years ago, I had a business license, but it has expired and I haven’t renewed it yet. When The Star inquired about the company, city spokeswoman Sherea Honeycutt said the city would investigate the licensing and come back to the newspaper at a later date.

McCubbin mentioned that he is “doing some paranormal stuff” on the concrete loading dock outside the warehouse. In contrast, Jacobsen claimed that he and his two children paid $40 each to be given a tour of much of the warehouse by Paul, whom McCubbin identified as Paul Phillips, his “business partner.” For his part, McCubbin said, “Paul loves the paranormal stuff.”

Photos of the warehouse’s many rooms, some of which have been outfitted with vintage furniture to resemble guest rooms, may be found on the Blossom House website. In the confirmation message sent to The Star, it was said that there would be a “tour to the 5th floor with history” and that “the building will be warmer or colder on the upper floors.”

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