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Fear City Chicago: Open Auditions, Internship Program


FEAR CITY HAUNTED HOUSE is proud to announce their 2014 Open Auditions for this Halloween Season.  FEAR CITY is seeking Improv Actors, Dancers, Performance Artists & Haunters.  All performers must be 18 years old and over.

Availability for Acting & Safety Workshops/Performances is mandatory and plays a major factor in being hired.  Please bring your up-to-date availability from September 15th through November 1st.  A headshot & resume are not required, but are encouraged.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

Audition Dates:

  •        Saturday, August 30th
  •        Sunday, August 31st
  •        Friday, September 5th
  •        Saturday, September 6th
  •        Friday, September 12th
  •        Friday, September 19th

(Fridays at 6pm, Sat/Sun at 1pm)

We will contact you to schedule your audition appointment!

Performance Dates:

  •        PREVIEW (September 26th) – CLOSING (November 1st)
  •        Mostly weekends until late October
  •        Actors call time is 6pm – 11pm on Weekdays, until Midnight on Weekends

All roles are non-Equity.  Paid and Volunteer positions are available.  To schedule a slot for the Acting Workshops, Interested Applicants should email


FEAR CITY HAUNTED HOUSE is seeking 8-10 college students with technical and administrative interests to join the team for 2014.  During the course of this 7- week program (August 11th through September 29th) interns will learn from and work with industry professionals behind the scenes at FEAR CITY.  In addition, some staff positions may become available to fall interns in October for the Haunt Season beginning September 26, 2014 and running through November 1, 2014.

Production Intern areas of focus include:

  •        Stage Carpentry
  •        Electronics
  •        Sound
  •        Costume
  •        Properties
  •        Special Effects
  •        Scenic Painting

Administrative Intern areas of focus include:

  •        Public Relations & Marketing
  •        House & Box Office Management
  •        Assisting the Artistic Director & Business Manager
  •        Assisting the Production & Stage Manager
  •        General Production Administration from Pre-Season to Run

Interns will be compensated with 4 tickets to FEAR CITY HAUNTED HOUSE and a $250 stipend.  Interested Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter and send to  While all our positions have been filled for the 2014 Season, please feel free to submit your information should an opening become available.

FEAR CITY is located at 8240 N. Austin between Oakton & Dempster in Morton Grove, just Northwest of Chicago. For more information visit

Chicago, Brace Yourself for a Nationally-Feared Brand of Terror when 13th Floor Haunted House Debuts In Melrose Park This Fall

Prepare to face your darkest nightmare Chicago. 13th Floor Haunted House - the country's largest professional haunted house production company - is introducing its award-winning, nationally-feared brand of terror to Chicagoland.

Boasting 30,000 square feet of true horror and mind-blowing entertainment, 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago promises to be the new, #1 choice for true terror in the area this Halloween season.

Already established as the most frightening haunted houses in Denver, San Antonio, and Phoenix, the new and soon-to-be-legendary 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago promises to scare the absolute daylights out of the Windy City with two terrifying attractions:

  • The Rising – a modern gothic, ghoulish destination only for the bravest of heart, inspired by an actual graveyard in Paris, guaranteed to send icy chills down your spine;
  • The Dead End District – a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic dead zone with urban and rural settings, both nightmarish...and impossible to escape.

13th Floor Haunted Houses have already captured the attention of The Travel Channel, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

The 13th Floor Haunted House will open on September 26th at 1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160. Free parking available. For schedule, pricing and additional details, watch for the new website at!

Rob Zombie’s “Great American Nightmare” Coming to Chicagoland


Rob Zombie's Great American NightmareRob Zombie previously announced that his ‘Great American Nightmare’ Halloween horror attraction will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2014, but that’s not the only location. The rocker/director has just revealed that he’ll also bring his ‘Nightmare’ to the Midwest, setting up shop at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Illinois, near Chicago.

“I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year,” says Zombie. “My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year.”

As with the Arizona location, the primary attractions at the Illinois fest will be the three haunted houses that are based on Rob Zombie’s films.

‘Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare’ will run from Sept. 26-Nov. 1 at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Ill. and Zombie himself will open this year’s festivities with a concert. There will also be an assortment of other attractions besides the haunted houses, including the ‘Bloody Boulevard’ thoroughfare.

Tickets for the Chicago-area event will go on sale July 30 at 10AM CT at this location. Tickets start at only $25 for all dates from Sept. 27-Nov. 1. The Sept. 26 opening, which features the Zombie concert, has tickets starting at only $45. For all ticketing, including VIP packages, check the ‘Great American Nightmare’ website.

For those planning to make the trip, Zombie will stage the ‘Great American Nightmare’ at the Villa Park location on the following dates: Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, 10-12, 16-19, 23-26 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Read More: Rob Zombie Taking 'Great American Nightmare' to Chicago Area

Remembering Jim Smith of Niles Haunted Scream Park

We mourn the passing of our long time friend and dedicated volunteer, Jim Smith. Although his real name was only known to a few people, he was an icon at the Niles Haunted Scream Park in Niles, Michigan. For many, many years he worked in the entry room area of the Niles Haunted House as "Betelgeuse." His quick wit and humor was unmatched by any other. 

Jim was also very active in the haunted attraction industry. He also served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Haunted Attractions. Several years ago when his health required him to retire from that organization, he received the most prestigious award from the President.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marty and three children, Quinn, Emmy and Cary. He also will be missed by his two grandchildren. Please keep "Juice" and his family in your prayers during this most difficult time. Although he will not be physically present at the Niles Scream Park, rest assured that his presence will be felt there forever. He is a legend that will forever be missed and never forgotten.

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Fear City: Open Auditions

FEAR CITY HAUNTED HOUSE is proud to announce their 2014 Open Auditions for this Halloween Season!

Seeking Improv Actors, Dancers, Performance Artists, and Haunters. Must be 18 years old and over.

Interested Applicants should set up their Audition through

FEAR CITY is located at 8240 N. Austin between Oakton & Dempster in Morton Grove, just Northwest of Chicago.

Availability for Acting & Safety Workshops /Performances are mandatory and plays a major factor in being hired. Please bring up-to-date availability information with you through Nov 1, 2014.

If hired, your schedule will be based on this information.

All roles are non-equity , A headshot and resume are not required, but encouraged. PAID and volunteer positions available!

Audition Dates - Aug.30 Sat. Aug.31 Sun / Sept 5-6 fri-sat Sept.12 fri / Sept.19 Fri.

Work Shops - Sept. 6, Sept. 13 & Sept.19-20

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