DeKALB – Chris Piatt didn’t have to jump out of a corner to scare people at last year’s Amenti Haunted House.
With a painted face and dressed in a camouflaged suit designed to resemble heavy foliage, he played the part of a swamp monster and surprised haunted house visitors who couldn’t see him when they walked into his small room. He got strong reactions with little effort.
“I had a guy crouch down in the corner, he was so scared,” Piatt, a 24-year-old DeKalb resident, said.
Piatt plans to volunteer again this year for the haunted house, which is the Egyptian Theatre’s largest annual fundraiser. Organizers are seeking more volunteers to do everything from building the haunted house inside the theatre to acting and ticket-taking.
Amenti is the Egyptian goddess who guards the world of the dead, so the haunted house features the terrors of the Egyptian underworld. The theater at 135 N. Second St. in downtown DeKalb is operated by a nonprofit called Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre.
Volunteers are needed from Oct. 5 through Nov. 13. The haunted house will be open nine nights: Oct. 18 to 20, Oct. 25 to 27, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 and 2, said Heather Carr, the Egyptian Theatre’s membership and marketing director. Various shifts are available for each day; volunteers must be 16 or older.
Jobs include: loading in materials, acting, taking tickets, helping with security, selling merchandise, helping with make-up and costumes and helping take down the haunted house.
Actors are asked to commit to at least two nights the haunted house is open and to attending a training session from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 or from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Carr said. The training includes a tour of the 20 scenes in the haunted house and reviewing safety procedures.
The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Oct. 11 for actors, Oct. 18 for setting up and Nov. 2 for tearing down.
How to help
Volunteer and ticket information for Amenti Haunted House is available at www.amenti.info or by calling 815-758-1215.