The strange and unusual story of Spooky Pinball, or… How we accidentally became a pinball manufacturer.

We started life as a podcast on April 1st, 2010. Just a happy little pinball collecting family that wanted to have fun and fill the void of nobody doing pinball podcasts at that time… Since then, the pinball podcast boom has really taken off, and we’re still here but in a whole different capacity. Yes, we still do a show on the first of the month, every month. But a rapid progression began to occur in 2011.

In 2011 we took a custom game to the Midwest Gaming Classic. Didn’t think much of it, just a father and son with a love for Godzilla doing a re-theme of an old game. Dad was lucky enough to work in the print industry and had access to some of the best people and equipment on the planet. Industry people gathered around this machine at this very show, and began asking questions. This led to a few phone calls and a whole lot of testing that eventually landed me dragging my employer into being a pinball supplier. Happy times for a pinball fan! But at the same time… it also led me to meet Ben Heck. Crazy mod guy who also shared a passion for pinball. He didn’t want to re-theme games, he wanted to build them from the ground up. He needed my help, and I certainly needed his. Pretty much led me down a path of no return.

On Feb. 1st of 2013, Spooky Pinball LLC was born. We are (at the time of writing this) one of only 3 companies on this planet shipping pinball games, and couldn’t be prouder. Ben Heck’s “America’s Most Haunted” officially sold out. Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International doubled our first game sales numbers and also sold out which allowed us to build our very own shop in 2016!, We followed these 2 games by making over 200 machines for Domino’s Pizza and the Pinball Company. These four games led to our biggest selling games in our short history, with multiple best show / game of the year awards for Total Nuclear Annihilation, and our latest game, Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle! Quite a happy start for a small shop trying to do things a little differently (or a LOT differently)! Our facility is at 184 Ridge Ave, in Benton, WI… a town of only 900 people. We love our small town roots and style, and there’s no place on earth we’d rather base our company!

The strange and unusual story of Spooky Pinball, or… How we accidentally became a pinball manufacturer.

We started life as a podcast on April 1st, 2010. Just a happy little pinball collecting family that wanted to have fun and fill the void of nobody doing pinball podcasts at that time… Since then, the pinball podcast boom has really taken off, and we’re still here but in a whole different capacity. Yes, we still do a show on the first of the month, every month. But a rapid progression began to occur in 2011.

In 2011 we took a custom game to the Midwest Gaming Classic. Didn’t think much of it, just a father and son with a love for Godzilla doing a re-theme of an old game. Dad was lucky enough to work in the print industry and had access to some of the best people and equipment on the planet. Industry people gathered around this machine at this very show, and began asking questions. This led to a few phone calls and a whole lot of testing that eventually landed me dragging my employer into being a pinball supplier. Happy times for a pinball fan! But at the same time… it also led me to meet Ben Heck. Crazy mod guy who also shared a passion for pinball. He didn’t want to re-theme games, he wanted to build them from the ground up. He needed my help, and I certainly needed his. Pretty much led me down a path of no return.

On Feb. 1st of 2013, Spooky Pinball LLC was born. We are (at the time of writing this) one of only a handful of companies on this planet shipping pinball games, and couldn’t be prouder. Ben Heck’s “America’s Most Haunted” officially sold out. Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International doubled our first game sales numbers and also sold out which allowed us to build our very own shop in 2016!, We followed these 2 games by making over 200 machines for Domino’s Pizza and the Pinball Company. These four games led to our biggest selling games in our short history, with multiple best show / game of the year awards for Total Nuclear Annihilation. Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle followed and sold out 500 units, with a HUGE thanks to Alice, his management and family. Our latest game set a new company record by selling out 750 Rick and Morty pinball games in 4 hours time at Christmas of 2019 and is currently in production. Quite a happy start for a small shop trying to do things a little differently (or a LOT differently)! Today, our crew is close to 30 people including our kids who are now out of college and an intricate part of our day to day operations. We are family owned and operated, and very proud of that. Our facility is at 50 Easy St. in Benton, WI… a town of only 900 people. We love our small town roots and style, and there’s no place on earth we’d rather base our company!

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