1. How long have you been Haunting for?
I think it's 6 years now, this coming season would be my 7th I believe
2. What brings you back to haunting year after year?
The screams. The excitement. Scaring the crap outta people. It's cathartic, it's a release.
3. Where did you start Haunting?
I started at the Mount Holly haunted prison. Which evolved into bloodshed farms after needing to find a new location.
4. What is your favorite part of a night in the Haunt?
All of it. The buzz of everyone getting ready, makeup being done. Seeing the whole beast come to life. All the haunters getting themselves pumped and prepared for a fun night.
5. What is the worst part of working in a Haunt?
It's hard work on many levels. The construction and design. But probably the end of a long night. Although, you had a blast scaring and entertaining groups all night. The after, when the adrenaline and excitement wear off and you are tired, sore, sometimes cold or wet. The physical exhaustion. But, it's a double edged knife, what you did to make yourself that exhausted was so much fun that it mostly overrides the exhaustion.
6. What is your all-time favorite scare onto a customer?
There are so many! OK, this one from my first weekend of haunting. I was given a chainsaw on my first night. ( I was friends with grin and no stranger to using a chainsaw.) this was before Karnage actually existed too. I was put in makeup and working the chainsaw area with grin that night just helping him out. We immediately fed off of each and just clicked, knew what the other was doing and it really was so much fun. Anyway, I digress, these two girls come through and are terrified, we had them surrounded and the one girl cowered and peed herself. From that moment on I was hooked!
There's one I want to tell you about.... But I would rather you experience it. Muahaha!
I'll just say this.... The worms crawl in and the worms crawl out.......
7. What is your Favorite Haunted Attraction outside of your Haunt?
I would have to say probably field of screams in PA. Over the years I have become friends with a bunch of their crew and have had a blast working there on occasion.
8. What is your favorite Theme in a Haunt Attraction?
I'm definitely partial to a good clown or circus theme. But I'm also a fan of the post apocalyptic stuff too.
9. Do you have further plans with the Haunted Attraction Industry?
I definitely do. With some health and injuries I have to overcome I'm not sure exactly what that role it might be but I'm not done yet. I've been working on making some props and costumes on the side for a while now. Maybe something more will come from that.
10. Where does your inspiration for your Character come from?
I have always been partial to clowns, creepy clowns. Loved the movie killer klowns from outer space growing up. It didn't scare me, although the original it mini series did scare me at first but pennywise quickly grew on me too. Fast forward a decade or two, hahaha. Here comes captain Spaulding. I took a fair bit of inspiration from that character to develop Karnage.
11. What are you most looking forward to in the 2020 Haunt Season?
I guess with the current state of the world, I'm just hoping there is one. I'm not sure what role I'll be able to play this haunt season, but hopefully I can still play!
12. Do you expect Haunt Season 2020 to be vastly different than other seasons?
Ideally, I hope by then the world is back to normal and maybe only minor adjustments are needed for everyone to feel safe.
13. How long does your make up setup take per night?
I can be ready to go in about 20 minutes.
(kinda why I went full silicone mask)
14. How often do you work on your Character?
Always. Constantly thinking about new things. New gags or bits to say and do. I'm always trying to evolve him. I have some plans for him in the future that are not haunt related. You'll just have to wait and see what happens!
15. What do you do for a living outside of haunting?
I was a heavy truck and equipment technician for years. Then I was a store manager for two different national chains. Now I'm laid off hoping to get things back on track soon.
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