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Egyptian Theatre to host Amenti's haunted house

DeKALB - Amenti, the Egyptian goddess who guards the world of the dead, jealously guards her gates and assures that no one escapes the horrors of the Egyptian underworld. After two years of collaboration with Kishwaukee Kiwanis on its haunted house, the Egyptian Theatre has ventured on its own to create Amenti's haunted attraction, which will be open from 7-11 p.m. Friday through Oct. 31. &#8220We are excited to be able to add to the Halloween events in the DeKalb area,” said Alex Nerad, operations director at the Egyptian Theatre. &#8220It's great to see this area provide so many activities for people for Halloween.” &#8220We have been planning for this year's haunted house since May of this year,” said Joe Andersen, a haunted house committee member. He said there will be 20 different scenes on six different levels throughout the entire theater. The Egyptian Theatre haunted house committee members are excited to bring a brand-new haunted house to the DeKalb area, Nerad said. &#8220I like that we are able to bring so many community groups together to put the haunted house together and run it,” he said. While there are many groups already scheduled to help this year, the Egyptian Theatre is still looking for volunteers. It takes more than 60 people each night to operate the large haunted house. Anyone who is interested in helping with building or with being an actor during the nights of the haunted house should contact the theater immediately, as spots are filling up. Groups and individuals can help for all five nights or fewer. The haunted house is sponsored in part by B95 WDKB-FM, Bockman's Auto Care, Comcast, Crum-Halsted Agency, Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant, Fatty's Pub & Grille, GhostLight Enterprises, Morning Star Media Group, and O'Leary's Irish Pub & Grill. The historic Egyptian Theatre, located at 135 N. Second St., was built in 1929 and provides the perfect backdrop for a haunted house, Nerad said. Organizers are proud that the haunted house is the first in the area to offer tickets online. &#8220We are excited to offer our customers the option to buy tickets online ahead of time,” Nerad said. General admission tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Group tickets are $6 per person for groups of 15 or more; these must be purchased in advance. VIP tickets are $19 - purchased in advance - and entitle ticket holders to skip lines; each VIP ticket holder will receive an Amenti T-shirt. All proceeds will go toward the ongoing operation of the Egyptian Theatre. &#8220On Oct. 30,” Nerad said, &#8220we will be accepting nonperishable food items for The Salvation Army in DeKalb. Each patron can receive $1 off for a nonperishable food donation.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.amenti.info.

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