On my birthday, my friend Ida and I went through the Old Town Haunt in Pasadena. We were only about 20 feet into the basement when we asked if we could volunteer to work in the Haunt. They told us to ask the man out front after the maze. So we did and he said we could come back on Thursday at 6:15pm. So we did and we were so excited to get our “scare” on.
When we arrived, one of the owners, Ron, walked us through the process of the Haunt and helped us create our characters. They had costumes, masks, prosthetics, and make-up ready for us to use. Ida chose to just use make-up and a wig. I decided to try using prosthetics since I have never used them before. It was lighter than a mask and seemed more realistic. Plus it was scarier than anything I could do with make-up.
Once we in character, Ron took us to our scare locations, giving us tips on how to use our areas to get the best scares. Thankfully for us, Ron stayed close to Ida to give her advice on her scare techniques while the other owner, Mark, was close to me, giving me helpful hints and advice throughout the night. It was a blast but exhausting at the same time. By the end of the night, I didn’t have much of a voice left but I would do it all again in a heartbeat. In fact, we plan on returning to the Haunt as scareactors before the season ends. It was definitely a volunteer opportunity of a lifetime.
But I don’t know, look at the pictures. Do you think we were scary enough?