Seriously, all day, every day.
Let me explain. My son attends an amazing school here in Spokane. It’s an alternative middle school, grades 5-8, that focuses on experiential learning. It’s a small school, and my son is accepted there despite his Aspergers and Tourettes syndrome. I absolutely love this school.
For a couple of years, I have been helping with the school’s Haunted House, which is a major fundraiser. Last year and this year, I stepped into a leading role as the Creative Director. Oh boy. It’s a dream job, and I’m perfectly suited to it. I get to research and plan and create. If you know me or have followed my blog for long, you’ll know I have a very eclectic background. I’ve been an artist, a performer, a facepainter, a costumer, and worked in advertising.
I’ll tell you that this isn’t your average middle school haunted house that’s an afterthought attached to a school carnival. It’s extrememly scary, and we transform the entire two stories of our 100 year old building. Over 60 kids and adults perform in the haunt each night, and dozens more work in set-up, costuming, make-up and ticket sales. Last year the school raised $5,000. We’re hoping to break that record this year!
Beginning in the first week of September, we start by creating a theme and begin building the story of the haunt. I created a video to promote the haunt (below). Watch for my daughter, who was patient enough to work with Mom and pose as a middle school kid, even though she’s actually in high school.
I’m teaching a 6-week elective class every morning at the school, “Scare School.” About 20 kids are learning the science behind a scare, professionalism, safety and acting and voice training. We also work on props, sets, costume and make-up.
For those who couldn’t join the daytime Scare School, we held two after-school events this week, for about 65 kids. The actors in a haunt are the most important part, and they can make it wildly successful, or a total bust. So we put lots of effort into preparing our haunt performers.
If you live in the Spokane area and want to attend or volunteer, you can check out our Haunted House website HERE. If you’d like to purchase tickets in advance (just $5!) and save a few bucks from the door price, contact me.
Now you know about my dark secret. Forgive me for having…….