“ScareHouse Changed My Life”
Auditions and interviews for ScareHouse 2022 are coming up this weekend! (Click here for details). Have you ever wondered what it’s like to scare strangers every night? Or why so many of our staff keep coming back year after year? We asked a few veterans from the ScareHouse cast and crew to tell us in their own words:
CHRISTINE (joined ScareHouse in 2012)
The very best thing about working at ScareHouse is that you’ll make lifelong friends. You will expand your chosen family in ways that you might not think are possible. I think it’s because ScareHouse continues to allow me to grow, improve and elevate my haunt acting game by the innovative characters, spaces and scenes that they create for us. We can continue to be the haunt actor that we want to be and try new things from week to week.
ALEX (joined in 2016)
The people you’re working with and the world you build there… it stays with you and makes you keep wanting to come back. There are so many people here who have worked at ScareHouse for a decade or more.
We’re loud. We’re fun. We’re obnoxious. It’s like having all these brothers and sisters that you never knew you had.
It’s a giant group of weirdos who are just super loving and inviting. The second I got in I felt like I was a part of the team.
There are rules to keep you safe, and there are rules to keep customers safe. I mean, how many people can say that they just go to their job and they scare people and get paid to do it? That’s the best thing ever! Sometimes tiny little me will like, drop an entire group of six big guys. They drop and they’re crawling over each other to get out. It’s just the best.
Customers suddenly and totally shriek in joy or terror, and maybe they fall to the ground, maybe they hug the person next to them, something like that. That’s my favorite type of scare.
It’s fun but it is definitely a job, and a job that comes with expectations. But if you can show up when you say you will, keep an open mind, and put forth genuine effort in whatever task is asked of you then you’re welcome here.
There are times where I’ve been like…man, I don’t know if I’m going to make it another day. But you push through it because of your managers, your fellow actors, and the customers who are counting on you. And to those customers I say thank you. Thank you for supporting us.
Scaring people might be one of the most fun things in this entire world.
It is deliciously fun to scare people. Scare acting is a completely different type of acting than film acting or theater acting. But if there’s any kind of performance that you might be interested in pursuing or knowing more about, whether it’s theater or film or improv, you’ll find people here that help you learn and grow.
I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t met the people I met there. A lot of the skills I picked up have helped me so much in the real world. Because anything can happen at ScareHouse and you’ve got to learn how to roll with it.
Working at ScareHouse has genuinely been one of the most influential things in my life. I’m currently in the first feature film that I’ve ever done because of some of the people at ScareHouse. You don’t know where your life is going to be five years from now, but joining this team could change it.
I felt so welcomed whenever I showed up to auditions, it instantly felt like a family. This will be my 12th season working there and it has definitely changed my life. It has opened so many new opportunities for me and I’m thankful for it every day.
The cast made me feel welcomed, made me feel positive and made me feel good about myself. They have also taken me out of my comfort zone. That right there, yeah, I want to thank them for that. Because they have given me so much confidence to believe in myself, to keep going, push myself. It’s great.
You got to take your shot, okay? Don’t be afraid to try.
I was very much intimidated when I first tried out. It’s intimidating to throw yourself out there for something that’s so strange but you must know that this is a fun opportunity. When you audition just know that everybody there is rooting you on, they are in your corner, and they want you to succeed.
Five years ago, all these people were strangers to me. Now, they’ve become great friends and family. I was very shy at first just watching everybody. What did I get myself into? And now I can’t wait until auditions.
How do I put this? I signed a lot of paperwork for me to say that ScareHouse is not a cult.
If you consider a diverse bunch of people who all love each other and love putting on crazy costumes, scaring strangers and hanging out together being weird every fall… sure, then we’re a cult. But we’re a pretty cool cult if you ask me.
No, not a cult, definitely not a cult. What I know is at ScareHouse, you will find a bunch of weirdos that are the same kind of weirdo that you are. And it’s all good, and it’s all welcome.
Just come to the auditions, meet us, play with us a little bit. See how it makes you feel, see what it makes you think. You have a chance to ask any questions that you might have and you’ll be surrounded by people who can answer every single one of those questions. Go for it.
We’re hiring actors, customer service and security staff!
Interviews & auditions for all paid positions held at ScareHouse:
Saturday, July 30th or Sunday, July 31
10am – 2pm
4pm – 8pm
All ScareHouse employees must be 18 years of age or older, available to work most Friday-Sunday nights in September & October, and must possess a valid drivers license & have reliable transportation.