Nope, 1651 AD with the development of fun house mirrors and mirror mazes as a form of entertainment. Some Dutch guy saw the Palace of Versiles mirrors in France and got all weird. At least a portion of what is inside that haunt there is a small mirror maze.
That is a cool picture and probably from Europe and it took 20 or 30 years to get adorned like that. They followed the circuses in europe that were big time around 1840 ish.
Jim Warfield maintains how scary the cave man days were and I contend it is the circus and gypsy wagons of migrant workers, being able to set a bunch of things up and move on after making an income. All we know is no current haunt consultant was there at the time or had access to a time machine.
The first haunted house is probably in Warehouse 8
Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.