Established in 1997 by CEO John Hawkins, Oak Island Creative has grown from haunted houses in John’s parents’ basement to a nationwide creative company. The business was founded on one guiding principle—passion. It was passion that grew the company, and it is passion that continues to drive Oak Island Creative to make one-of-a-kind events, products, and destinations that inspire people for a lifetime.
Oak Island Creative, a company with a family of brands, puts together events throughout the nation, including some of the largest Christmas and haunted house events—and the organization has invented industry-leading products. The company also works with Fortune 500 companies to create experiential retail entertainment events for guests. With its home office and production shop in Louisville, KY—and additional locations in Tampa and St. Louis—Oak Island is helping America celebrate.
“Oak Island Creative is a vehicle for to bring my ideas from a seed to a reality. My hope is that everyone who works here feels like that. If you’re an artist of any kind, one of the greatest things that can ever happen for you is to bring your ideas out for hundreds, thousands, millions of people to experience.”
“One of my favorite things about this company is that as we grow, we get more adventurous. I’ve been here for four years, and I’ve never done the same thing twice. It’s exciting that I don’t know what’s coming up next, yet I can still be a part of creating something that’s never been done before.”