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Veneficus
10-13-2006, 01:44 PM
I play various roles. This year's roles have included:

A mage
An evil castle guard
An evil court jester
A zombie

If you didn't guess. One of our houses has a medieval theme.

So what do you guys play at your haunts?

SomeThingInTheIce
10-13-2006, 06:38 PM
"The Teller Of The Tale"

Jim Warfield
11-01-2006, 04:12 PM
I guess I am "The Teller Of The Tales" & Resident potential psycho-path who just spent the last 20 years creating this house so I could trap and kidnapp YOU! (Or so it seems to be to alot of people?)
"Genetic Research Must Continue!"
("Anyone ever tell you before Honey, that you're pretty cute?")
HAHAHAHAHAHA!
wHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THEIR ATTENTION AND SCARE THEM!

TenFootReaper
11-14-2006, 10:45 PM
I am a ten foot grim reaper. have been for 12 years

jack
12-08-2006, 01:07 PM
I am a ten foot grim reaper. have been for 12 years

And that's your screen name, too? What an amazing coincidence!

sometimes you just can't resist...even when the voices in your head are telling you to.

I got hired to do makeup, but found myself acting as well from day one. Various characters--

vampire
hunchback
doctor
mad scientist
exterminator

After I put together a Nosferatu I got put with the vampires a lot. Most vampires in most places I've seen or heard of are classic Dracs, Buffy-style, pretty(a la Anne Rice) or 'drooly'(meaning they, for some reason, are incapable of wiping their mouths--I know it's for a bit of extra gore, but it never sits well with me). I wanted something different. Large pointed ears(and I mean large), long clawed fingernails, and teeth that looked more like they'd rip your throat out rather than giving you those tasteful punctures.

That one became my fave because people weren't expecting it at all.

I also worked as a 'breaker'. I'm sure other houses use this system. Replacement actors that roam the attraction giving people breaks.

That was a hard character. You've got to fit whatever spots you're covering for--or be creative about why you don't fit.

One night, I had to break, as one of several, our 'twisted little girl' room. The distorted, fanged prosthetic and my tattered robe bore no relation to anything to do with the room or the little girl...until.

A mother and son came into the room and I loomed out at them from the hiding spot--which looked something like a closet. The boy screamed and grabbed his mother saying, 'it's the monster in the closet!!'--and THAT gave me an idea--I bent down and growled 'not anymore, I've been demoted to imaginary friend--wanna play?' And I twisted the head off a doll.

I guess I liked breaker, too

Jim Warfield
01-24-2007, 08:16 PM
During the old JC's Haunted House I was "The Guy Who Actually Scared Our Tour Guide", infront of his customers he was leading and narrating the house for.
This guy was high-strung and reacted memorably when scared, everybody laughed alot!
He was also very theatrical in his delivery so when he got scared it did not fit his theatrical character at all (making it even funnier!)
It was so simple, he would give a huge introduction to "The Monster Behind The Bathroom Door!", he would swing it open ..and nothing?
I would be standing, breathing down the back of his neck!
Of course I couldn't be as noteworthy as an insurance man who was standing urinating in the foul ,broken toilet there when the door was swung open for everyone to see!
Lucky he had on a full-head Mummy mask!
The odor rising up from that commode was deadly!
(Now you know why I chose to be sneaking up behind someone and not in that bathroom!) PEE-YOO!

Kevin Dells
01-31-2007, 11:43 PM
I am the do everything guy.
Build,manage crew,run the make up department, and my favorite act!

4 chracters as of now.

Zombie type charcter named Rage in the cage

Last years freak was Fruitopia the cross dressing hilbilly

I also play another hillbilly named booger, booger was created for acting in cold weather climates when guest acting at drafty haunts and during the frigid Transworld weekend. Booger is a pryo,loves to play with fire and light all the pretty girls on fire because they smell nice when their skin melts!
Lastly my crowd favorite, Babyman
Babyman sports fuzzy lion slippers, stripped socks, little boys t-shirt stretched very tightly to get on, and of course a diaper and a really saggy one at that. Half gallon of water fills it when it's on for that droopy leaky look. Then i plaster the diaper in peanut butter and chocolate sauce and blood, pair of nasty gloves,make up, spiked hair and lots of toy props!
Most of my characters are different from the norm as you can tell i shot for the freak show look for sure!

Jim Warfield
02-01-2007, 01:33 AM
Gunna dress up for Transworld?
I was laughing, thinking about it, maybe dressing like "Dog" the Bounty hunter"
(That ship sank way too many years ago for him to ever find!)

Hell American Freak
02-03-2007, 11:01 PM
A crazy person, what else....

Warren Vanderdark
02-06-2007, 06:25 AM
My present "role" is owner and oh-so genial host of The Baxter Avenue Morgue, who welcomes the visitors to "the family business" and informs them of the rules they must follow that may (or may not) help them make it safely through the tour.

Back when I first entered into the haunt biz via the Louisville Jaycees (roughly 30 years ago!), I played the following characters:

1) The Wolfman (which became my trademark role for several
years and I replayed most recently in 2000 at
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom's "Fright Fest".)

2) The Gorilla (also known as "Super Ape", I'd escape from my
cage by bending the "steel bars" and charging
at customers.)

3) Insane Asylum Inmate (some say I had a natural gift for this
part...*chuckle*)

4) Quasimodo

SpFXChic
02-06-2007, 12:15 PM
I gotta agree with Kevin...I've pretty much been the do everything chic. Help brainstorm, design and build. Do set design, decorating. Find costumes and props. Do a lot of the makeup (used to do almost all of it, with other actors doing their own, but finally got some help...which is nice!). Used to do security and act (I'd divulge all of my past characters, but some things are more fun when they are kept secret. Mike, don't you dare tell. :) ) I help train the actors, as well as audition them. I cashier and occasionally take tickets....and all the rest of it, too. LOL.

Fifteen years ago volunteering as a makeup artist and actor, I never envisioned I'd have the chance to do everything else I've experienced...or that there were so many other people around the world who enjoy it as much as I do.

*warm, spooky fuzzies to my Hauntworld family!*

Jim Warfield
02-06-2007, 05:04 PM
Instead of continuing to do it all myself, I am considering contracting out al of my duties to sub-atomic particle world demonic dwarfs.
They have a good business plan and ambitions and move real low but quickly.
I first met them loitering around my electric razor trying to get a "buzz".

Nicole
02-08-2007, 09:49 PM
I play "the crazed staging-area chick" as me and one other gal try to get 40 different volunteer charity group actors (who act as their fundraiser) into costume & makeup.

Sometimes I will suddenly change character and change into "a bitch" when the cheerleader-volunteer group asks for us to do "cute makeup" on them and to not put them in the dark because they are afraid of it.

Needless to say the cheerleaders will no longer be volunteer-acting as their fundraiser with us... ever again.

:)

SomeThingInTheIce
02-09-2007, 04:17 PM
GIVE ME A B GIVE ME A O GIVE ME ANOTHER O WHATS IT SPELL? I don't know because I'm a cheerleader.

Jim Warfield
02-11-2007, 09:57 AM
A true cheerleader story:
In the early 1960's Shimer College, Mount Carroll, Illinois established the all-time record as the losing-est small college basketball team of all time, they were hysterical to watch they were so bad!
Some of the Shimer girls decided they needed some "Cheering", they bought material and sewed up little dresses and made up their own cheers, one cheer was this one:"Shimer's it!
Shimer's it!
s-h for Shimer!
i-t for IT!"
All screamed very wide-eyed and innocently to the crowd.
Shimer prided itself on being a very intellectual place...most of the time.

Jim Warfield
02-11-2007, 09:57 AM
A true cheerleader story:
In the early 1960's Shimer College, Mount Carroll, Illinois established the all-time record as the losing-est small college basketball team of all time, they were hysterical to watch they were so bad!
Some of the Shimer girls decided they needed some "Cheering", they bought material and sewed up little dresses and made up their own cheers, one cheer was this one:"Shimer's it!
Shimer's it!
s-h for Shimer!
i-t for IT!"
All screamed very wide-eyed and innocently to the crowd.
Shimer prided itself on being a very intellectual place...most of the time.

Nicole
02-11-2007, 09:31 PM
TOO FUNNY! They must have been NCAA division 10. LOL!

Did Shimer close down in Mt. Carrolll and move to Waukegan?! Several years ago I drove through the campus - it was housed in literally 2 OLD houses. It's a really *unique* school. ... and they no longer have an athletic program. I heard rumors that they moved to downtown Chicago. I'm a college recruiter and I was talking to one if their recruiters at a fair (poor guy had NO ONE come up to his booth all night)... he said they had under 150 students)... SMALL school!

Jim Warfield
02-11-2007, 11:47 PM
Shimer began in an upstairs room in downtown Mount Carroll in 1853.
Two women began it as a finishing school for young girls.
It was the town's school system way back then, financing was sparse so some enterprising types secretly began selling grain alcohol made locally at the mill to get money for the school, UNTIL a local preacher found out and told everyone! This was the end of Shimer being the public school.
Shimer was actually the builder who made the women their first couple of buildings, the story was they didn't have the money to pay him so the one married him instead! Those original buildings burnt down around 1902.
The college saw tough times, Mrs. Shimer was tending a new investment in Florida, an orange grove , when her husband commited suicide , they collected large money, this kept the school afloat, the fact that he hung himself , but there were also several large lumps on his head seemed to be unimportant ?
The college found wealthy backers and built quite a campus of brick in a eastern colonial style-"A little bit of New England in the midwest!"
They quit around 1978?
That was Shimer in Waukegan. In 1963 shimer had 900 students!
Shimer's alumi include some very original, creative thinkers, their teacher to student ratio was 1 to 10, often times.
The campus is now on the verge of booming again with Ramada Inn making a dorm into a motel and remodeling the swimming pool below the gym for the 4,000 Park Rangers who are supposed to be attending classes here in two years.
Campbell Center has been using the campus since Shimer left offering courses to museum proffessionals in grant writing, restoration sciences, even realistic manniquin building. their students arrive from all over the world, and alot of them find their way down here to see my Ravens Grin Inn. They are usually a very fun audience too!

Kevin Dells
02-12-2007, 09:36 PM
Spfx chic,
It sounds like your active in the bussiness and industry side of it like myself. Do you go to the conventions?

I have meet way to many people to even try and remember names, although iv'e got about 200 stored in my head, so im doing good.

Nicole,Ron, Ken Spriggs and myself who use this board often also belong to and basicly run an off season program called Knowedge for the Carnage. All haunts in the area are invited, bring as many as you like and for a very nominal fee we have seminars and meet and greets all day. I have made tons of freinds from the Carnage. It has opened a lot of doors for our hauntless crew. Were all one huge family in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin haunts and it's only getting better and bigger. Getting 10 different rival haunts in one room is cool and no fights yet! Some freindly Duct Taping but no fights.

Nicole
02-13-2007, 10:04 PM
LOL! Don't let the duct taping scare you - somehow, I've managed to avoid that (THANK GOD!).

For the most part, they have been FREE. YES, something in haunting that you can send people to (besides TW), where they can learn... and it's FREE!!! Some host sites in the past chose to include a lunch (AT COST) with it so it was no more than $5. Another site offered a lunch, but you had to option to go off-site to eat so admission was free... only had to pay if you wanted the lunch (at cost).

The purpose of this is to learn/share/network - NOT TO MAKE MONEY. We realize that the actors are the lifeblood of the haunts - they work in the trenches, and so this is a fun activity for them... many are highschool and/or college students so to charge to make profit would be just wrong.

in northern IL/chicago area we've tend to do 2 a year (late Spring and early-mid summer). Not sure if WI will decide to do one of their own this year!?!? After TW we'll be putting out the call for host sites again... and hopefully this spring, posting dates and locations. Theres a website that i have to get our webmaster working on again and we have a myspace: www.myspace.com/k4tc

It has really given our actors (and crews too) a chance to network and more imporant - it's practically eliminated the haunt-bashing that went on between haunts in our region (can I get a Kum-by-ya and an AMEN?!?!)

It's fun to see the kids (ha! and us adults) form new friendships with this weird thing we all have in common - "a jonesin' to scare people!"

PS: Jim, that's one unsual school - whether or not I believe your colorful history of it!?! :) I wonder if that's where John Hughes got the name for the fictional North Shore Illinois town of "Shimer" in his 1980's teenage classic flicks?!?! Hmmmmmm....

Jim Warfield
02-14-2007, 02:10 AM
In 1950 a life-long Mount Carroll resident was visiting on the east coast and an uppity woman said, "Mount Carroll? Isn't that where that Shimer College is? That college that had that Socialist give the graduation speech?"
Then 40 years later : "Mount Carroll? Isn't that where that year-round Haunted House is ?"
I just have to bashfully smirk each time someone tells me this common story.
One such story came from a man in Florida who has never been to Illinois as he told his Illinois friend all about the Ravens Grin!?
Ravens Grin had been in The Chicago Tribune and they sell that paper all over. ( The Florida edition printed color pictures of my house, the Illinois edition printed them in Black & White?)
One man discovered my house as he sat next to a stranger on a flight to Europe, when he got back, he came here.
One man wanted a bumper sticker from me to put on his Harley(I had only had bumper stickers for about two months)
"Where did you happen to see one of my bumper stickers?"
"On a Harley at Daytona, during "Bike Week".
Wow!

SpFXChic
02-14-2007, 11:52 AM
Spfx chic,
It sounds like your active in the bussiness and industry side of it like myself. Do you go to the conventions?

I have meet way to many people to even try and remember names, although iv'e got about 200 stored in my head, so im doing good.

Nicole,Ron, Ken Spriggs and myself who use this board often also belong to and basicly run an off season program called Knowedge for the Carnage. All haunts in the area are invited, bring as many as you like and for a very nominal fee we have seminars and meet and greets all day. I have made tons of freinds from the Carnage. It has opened a lot of doors for our hauntless crew. Were all one huge family in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin haunts and it's only getting better and bigger. Getting 10 different rival haunts in one room is cool and no fights yet! Some freindly Duct Taping but no fights.

Kevin, yep, I help do it all. LOL. Actually, in all my years of haunting, I've only been to one convention. That was HauntCon last year as it was close to home. I do plan, however, on going to TW next year in LV. I was hoping to make it this year to Chicago, but the cards just fell wrong. (Day jobs *sigh*) :?

brad
03-24-2007, 09:33 PM
I am Mr. Binky, the wonderful evil clown.

mindtumor
04-05-2007, 01:09 PM
I always play this character with kind of a burlap sack mask(not a scarecrow). I know that isn't much of a description, I will try and post a picture. I would like to try and play a clown sometime though.

creeperskid92
05-11-2007, 05:24 AM
I played a creepy little girl in the attic then I moved to under the bed.

like my 2nd home under there. :D

minetruly
09-19-2007, 07:56 PM
During the old JC's Haunted House I was "The Guy Who Actually Scared Our Tour Guide", infront of his customers he was leading and narrating the house for.

Of course I couldn't be as noteworthy as an insurance man who was standing urinating in the foul ,broken toilet there when the door was swung open for everyone to see!
The odor rising up from that commode was deadly!

I'm a tour guide, and I've had people scare me by touching my hand when I reach for a button, crawling out of the ceiling, and sticking their heads through gates. Once I even had a guest who made me scream because I looked at her and she had her hair in front of her face like the girl in The Ring. Funny thing is, I'll scream in mid-sentence and usually the tour doesn't even notice. It'll be like, "This monsterous device is old EEEEK! rusty, our furnace..."

Were you supposed to be the insurance guy urinating in the toilet? Why was there a smell? Please tell me it's not what I think!!

ChainsawCreekAnimal
10-19-2007, 11:39 AM
I am Animal, a cannibalistic mass murderer who has accepted the wildlife freedom of natures predators opposed to the confines of the human world. I was eventually arrested, and then began an uprising within my cage that is the prison. Now, I lead the inmates through chaos & anarchy, and we strike fear into those who enter.

undertaker
10-19-2007, 12:06 PM
I'm an evil clown. I usually work the clown room or the slaughterhouse.

eric
10-19-2007, 02:04 PM
i play a silent butcher that carries a severed head,and also sniff the patrons that walk threw my seen[cant spell].:evil::evil::evil:

HauntedHouseQueenof62
10-19-2007, 07:40 PM
I play...

Marisol
Gabrielle
Lavathra

Marisol: She is the girl dressed in a white dress with black hair covering her face ("The Grudge " girl). I appear out of nowhere (because I use the secret passageways) and chase the customers around.

Gabrielle: She is a vampire that appears in the graveyard eating a man's brains. I chase the customers and grab them sending them into another room.


Lavathra: She is a witch who unleashes the crazy clowns.

texaschainsaw
11-09-2007, 11:41 PM
I play the caveman... i have an old leatherface mask that I bloodied up and a wig. By the way I cut off the original hair because it looked kinda gay. My intentions were not to look like a caveman, but to be a scary imbred freak. Everyone that goes through comments on how much i look like a caveman though so I guess thats what I am. Sometimes I run up and down one of those spinning vortex things. That usually gets a reaction out of people.

drfrightner
11-19-2007, 11:43 AM
My favorite mask is a IZOMBIE mask which I use at my haunt to scare people when I do actually act inside the haunt. I wear a jump suit and my IZOMBIE mask. I use to do the whole make up thing but I can't do that anymore because I'm the one running the haunt. Hard to talk to someone with blood dripping off your face. So when I do act I'm wearing a mask, take it off and you're ready to go.

Larry

neffuri27
11-19-2007, 02:11 PM
I was Mirricalla the Vicious, Volumptious, Velvet Vampyress for almost ten years at
some conventions and also at ZOO BOO for the MOntgomery Zoo I even
did the commercials for them as Mirricalla two years. I wore the
costume for one halloween when I only did birthday parties at my haunted house.
Then when I opened for halloween I was Lullabell Ravenstein the gap toothed inbred cousin
of the horrible inbred, ex carny, Cannibal Ravenstein Freak Family.giggles

I dressed in ragged overalls with a hump on my back (pillow) and freckles, pig tails
and a lot of really BAD teeth.giggles

This past year which was our really grand opening year for Halloween (2006) I
was a Goth chick tour guide dressed all in black with very high hell black boots
half the month and then a zombie miner to take them on the bunker elevator and
through the haunt the rest of the month.

Who knows what I will do next year, ITS SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Kimmy

Jason Voorhees
11-26-2007, 08:30 AM
I'm Jason Voorhees from the Friday 13th Part 7 movie :D

Pyro
01-16-2008, 11:44 AM
I am just a sick evil Klown that likes to smack people with his sledge hammer. Nothing better than splashed brain matter on the walls. Nothing to sick for our guests. Add a little Sinester Scents and the scene is goooyed.

Jim Warfield
01-18-2008, 12:45 AM
Well haunted actors, here I am trying to merely startle and entertain and make the customers laugh and yet speaking in pretty much my regular voice (what's left of it) and wearing no make up or costumes just telling people about the haunted history of this haunted, haunted house , I get some people here for their first time thinking at some point in the tour that I am planning to actually KILL them!???
I heard this again today on the phone. A woman whose husband loves haunted houses will be coming here soon to see my place, their friend has been here once and raved about her very strange yet enjoyable experience here "But at one point of the tour , we thought that he was going to KILL US!"
????
I have heard this a few times over the years and it always totally mystifies me!?
Can people be thinking such thoughts as they are laughing ?
If I ever figure out exactly WHAT I am doing to give this impression....then maybe I can patent it and sell it to some of you guys!!!
Hey, you will save a small fortune on make up and costumes! (And bloody body parts, chainsaws , chainsaw gasoline, strobe lights and all of the other stuff I don't have here.
As goofy as this sounds one other time people had this feeling , they eventually explained why they thought this(at least this is what they said it was..) "It was that shirt that you were wearing that night!"
I was out of clean black shirts, I borrowed a black shirt from my adult son, it said "Henry, Portrait of a Serial-Killer" on it .
Now that they know us serial-killer's secret I must kill them! We can't kill unless we are wearing THAT shirt! Rules are rules you know!
DUH!!??

TheCareTaker
01-18-2008, 05:49 PM
a ghost greater
tour guide
Dr. Zeller Van Zurich
village idiot ops thats just me
curator
cemetery care taker

lurker
01-18-2008, 11:39 PM
Most of last season I did a character named Reverend Mythos. He was a backwoods Cthulhu-noid preacher. He roamed the cue line and the inside of the house aggressively warning people of the bad magic being practiced in DarkWood Manor and that he was the only one who knew the true power of Lord Cthulhu.
The last night of the haunted house I played a strange zombie creature that I never got around to naming, but I got such a good response from people with him that I have to name him and resurrect him once or twice this year. He went around with his headlamp on sniffing people while making a series of clicking noises. It was the end of the run, and my voice needed a break. The clicking and the sniffing did the trick. The attached picture is taken with Conrad Brooks.

Dr. Giggles
06-09-2008, 04:59 PM
Im usually Michael Myers due to my intimidating stature but i also have been known to play the role of a demented clown here and there.

Motograter
06-15-2008, 03:25 PM
I usually dress up as a zombie.

NightMareManor
06-16-2008, 05:05 PM
At the professional haunt i work at (Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion)-

A paranormal investigator/Parapsychologist.

At my home haunt-

A zombie.

damon carson
06-20-2008, 10:38 AM
Crypt Keeper type, tell the legend of the house. Tell the rules. Scare the bejesus out of them to wake up the other actors with customers screams to let them know they are on there way. LOL! We not all of them maybe some of them.
Damon

Jim Warfield
06-20-2008, 03:38 PM
So you get to check out the herd first, move some of the keepers to another pen and cull them from the group later?
Then it's "Ridem Cowboy!"

damon carson
06-26-2008, 11:32 AM
Ya I get to prod them with the cattle shocker and send them off for the slaughter. Or something like that Jim???
Damon