Friday, June 14, 2013

Dutch Gardens Haunted House

Back around 1989 I moved in with a friend who was into Halloween like I was, his name is Victor Layne. He had run a haunted house at a place called Dutch Gardens for a few years and they needed a sound system for the coming season. I happened to have a very powerful system I used to DJ with so I offered to rent the system to them and install it. After I completed the installation the owner asked me if I wanted to work there for the season, which I did for the next 7 years.

Here are some pictures, the barn was 100 years old at the time and built by the Sears family. A BP gas station sites here now which to me and everybody involved is a tragedy.

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We installed sound in this building and staged people to scare customers as they left out the back of the actual haunted house which was on the right of this building.

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We would get a few thousand people through here a night on most nights, we hit about 7,000 which was not easy!

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On weekends I played Halloween music instead of our typical sound track or kids wouldn’t go through. Smile

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The main entrance, this wall got so much abuse from us pounding on it all night!

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My Skull Room, I designed it and staged it and scared people in it!

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The Mummy Room, Igor (Victor Layne) designed this and many of the rooms.

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Igor greeting people at the front entrance, NOBODY was better at this! I worked the inside and perimeter and helped Vic build and manage the place.

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When you exited out of the haunted barn you came down this path, you thought the scares were over? Hardly!

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We buried mattresses under the path and then scared the crap out of you so you couldn’t run! It was awesome!!

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I got these pictures today from Vic and hope to get more soon. We had a great time entertaining people and even scared a few TV channel film crews in there! It was one of the highest rated haunted houses in Illinois during it’s run.

Stay tuned for more as we find them!

8 comments:

Steinar Andersen said...
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Erik's RV Blog said...

Yeah, I'll sleep when I'm dead. The haunted house was a great time, I miss it.

Steinar Andersen said...
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Brenda's Arizona said...

Creepy...!!!

Erik's RV Blog said...

Steinar - I still have the tapes I made for the barn. ;)

Steinar Andersen said...
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Erik's RV Blog said...

I'll get them converted. :)

Misty Cisewski said...

Hello Eric remember me Misty. I worked there for years. I did all of your make up and costumes. I also helped our with behind the secens. I miss you guys so much.