Fear Farm: Q&A with Volunteers,Emily Keith and Crytal Blazek

Content by Sophie Twaddell| Reporter

Interview with Crystal Blazek

Q: What are your favorite aspects of working at Fear Farm?

A: I get to be with my good friends, and it’s really fun because you get to dress up and be idiots all night and scare people.

 

Q: What is the process of getting ready?

A: You get assigned to an area in either the haunted house or the hayride and then they give you a costume to wear, and then they’ll give you airbrush make-up and do your hair, or not do your hair, depends on your scene.

 

Q: What is your favorite memory from working there?

A: Probably working the haunted hayride, and just getting to be crazy and screaming all night.

 

Q: What do you suggest to your peers attending some of these haunted houses?

A: If you are easily scared, think really hard before going because it can be kind of freaky, even if you are the ones scaring the people. There are still scary things there obviously, but go there and be ready to do it. You have to be committed to the character, you can’t just chill.

 

Q: Do you plan to continue working at this or other haunted houses in the future?

A: Yes, I am doing it again this year.

 

Q: What do you not like about working at a haunted house?

A: I am kind of scared of the dark, so it’s a little bit of a bad choice to work at a haunted house. It’s a bit freaky sometimes, especially if you’re working in the haunted house and not outside, it’s scarier.

 

Q: What kind of acts do you perform at the haunted houses?

A: You just be loud and in their face, but you can’t touch them.

 

Q: Why do you think people are so afraid of haunted houses?

A: The people are dressed up in scary makeup and its dark and there are lots of loud noises and such.

Interview with Emily Keith

Q: How did you get involved working at Fear Farm?

A: Last year one of the seniors decided to invite a bunch of us to work at Fear Farm for a fundraiser for choir.

Q: What is the process of getting ready?

A: When you get there you have to wait in lines until they call your group. Then, they assign you a role and you get in costume. Next, you go to the makeup station, and it depends whether you work on the hayride or in the barn because the people who work on the hayride have to get out there quicker. They go through hair and makeup first. Then, the barn workers go through, and it’s actually really cool because it’s all airbrush makeup.

Q: What kind of acts do you perform at the haunted houses?

A: I have worked in both the barn and the hayride. On the hayride it’s a lot of standing on platforms and performing, not necessarily jumping out and scaring. Whereas in the barn, you have positions and rooms you are assigned to. You have a job to scare people.

Q: What are your favorite aspects of working at the haunted house?

A: I love the environment because everyone is so inviting and kind even though the point is to scare people. I love working in the barn because you get to get up close and personal with people. It’s a really fun time scaring people.

Q: What do you not like about working at a haunted house?

A: I don’t like the unpredictability of people because you never know how they’ll react to being scared.

Q: What is your favorite memory from working Fear Farm?

A: My favorite memory was when I was working in the very first room in the haunted house and I was at the very end of the hallway, and I would jump off a chair in front of the people and scream. One girl dropped to her knees and just screamed because she had peed her pants.

Q: Do you plan to continue working at this or other haunted houses in the future?

A: Yes, I do. It’s an easy acting job and it’s extremely enjoyable.

Q: Why do you think people are so afraid of haunted houses even if they are meant for entertainment purposes?

A: People are probably scared because the point of a haunted house is to exploit people’s biggest fears, such as clowns or spiders so when going through they may not expect it.

Q: What do you suggest to your peers attending some of these haunted houses?

A: I suggest going in a big group because that makes it more enjoyable. It’s a little less scary. But otherwise be open to it and please, don’t hit the workers.

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