Caretaker of Eerie Manor
This year marked our 6th annual collaborative haunted house. We darkened things down a bit and with a simplified layout created an eerie druid themed haunt centered around a main building tricked out with catacombs, lots of skulls, flickering candles, a crypt and several good scares dished out by our costumed actors, all wearing hooded robes. Coupled with an awesome sound track from Sinful Audio and we had the 500+ guests on edge from the time they joined the queue line. Here are some stills from the haunt along with a video compiled by a photographer friend of ours. We didn't have a Halloween night video so these were taken a few nights before, but hopefully you get a flavor for what we did. The front yard scene featured a low crypt that was lit from within along with a fog machine. The effect of the fog seeping out of the cracks was really great. We went with a blue and amber color scheme and included several jack o lanterns, lots of organic elements and real deer skulls. The upright monoliths in the yard and interior catacombs were fabricated out of foam blocks and carved and detailed by my buddy and haunt partner Mark (lewlew on the forum). Mark also designed an epic wall scare with a robed corpse set into an alcove in the back wall. As guests approached, an actor outside of the back of the haunt hit a step pad which triggered a strobe light, and simultaneously blew into an Aztec death whistle while he pushed the corpse forward a few inches on a push rod. The sound was horrific and guests were literally hitting the deck when the scare came at them! Around the corner, a hooded druid made guests stop in front of the crypt to pay their respects to the spirit, and on a cue word twin drop panels opened up above the crypt as two ghouls came through the wall. Screams ensued. We also had a plexi window scare and a few other surprises. All in all another successful haunt with a fresh theme and lots of great scares. Can't wait til next year!