Haunting Season Begins October 1
By Jason R. Latham | Las Vegas, NV | Freakling Bros.
As Ministry famously sang, every day is Halloween; and with September here, we’re at last starting to see the evidence in Las Vegas.
Freakling Bros. Horror Shows on Wednesday announced it will hold auditions for performers at three haunted houses set to open October 1: Gates of Hell, COVEN of 13, and Castle Vampyre.
Auditions will be held September 11 and 18 at noon inside Monzu Italian Oven + Bar at Flamingo Road and Jones Boulevard. Candidates must wear a face mask and will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to be eligible for employment; they must also fill out an application at the Freakling Bros. website.
Haunted attractions are a highlight of Halloween in Las Vegas, but the pandemic put the brakes on the company’s plans in 2020. Freakling Bros. is now mandating vaccinations for all staff and asking attendees that have not been vaccinated to stay home. In addition, guests will be required to wear face coverings inside the attractions and will not be grouped together with people they don’t know when walking through the attractions.
Maintaining social distance is a serious challenge for haunted houses, where performers are encouraged to get up close and frightened guests often huddle together for “protection.”
Freakling’s Gates of Hell is the classic example, as it is billed as an R-rated attraction and “an experiment in serious, uncompromising, interactive horror” – with an emphasis on interactive. You haven’t lived until you’ve had your face licked by a haunted house performer.
Freakling will offer an “All You Can Scream” admission pass for $50 per person, as well as $20 VIP fast t-shirts, and higher tier “Cadaver Club” passes that start at $200. Passes can be purchased at freaklingbros.com.
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