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Illinois Haunter's Gathering
Hosted by Dream Reapers Haunted House
January 15th, 2005


Dream Reapers Haunted House - Melrose Park Illinois (Chicago) Dream Reapers Haunted House
1945 Cornell ( Map )
Melrose Park, Illinois 60160

On January 15th, 2005, Dream Reapers Haunted House hosted a social gathering for local Haunted Attractions. More than 40 haunters were in attendance from six different Haunted Houses: Dream Reapers Haunted House, Rockford ScreamFest, Eleventh Hour Haunted House, Statesville Haunted Prison, Nightmares: Basement of the Dead and the Brookfield Jaycees Haunted House. Throughout the afternoon, attendees were invited to walk through Dream Reapers, so they could get a behind the scenes view of the event. There was also some entertainment provided. Movies were being shown on a big screen TV; when I arrived, “13 Ghosts” was the movie of choice. Haunted House owners & actors were able to mingle and socialize with people from other Haunted Attractions, which is something they rarely get to do throughout the year. 


Misc. Picture Gallery
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In an impromptu discussion with the whole group, Ken Spriggs (Dream Reapers), Randy Daniels (Rockford ScreamFest) and others expressed the importance of cooperation and cross-promotion among local Haunted Attractions. There was even talk of Chicagoland Haunted House groups banding together to create an association of local Haunted Attractions. On a related topic, Steve Verdino announced the launch of his new website This site features an automated database, which allows actors to post bios & pictures of themselves, and up to three of their characters online. It also has a search feature, allowing visitors to search for actors by geographical location. 

Later in the afternoon, Dream Reapers held a free make-up seminar. In this demonstration, attendees were shown the step-by-step process of simulating third degree burns (see pictures below). 


Make-up Seminar: Simulating Third Degree Burns
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A good time was had by all. By the end of the afternoon, there was talk of Haunted House owners hosting gatherings like this on a regular basis. Some of the groups in attendance even offered to host actor training and make-up classes, at subsequent gatherings. Kudos to Dream Reapers Haunted House and all of the other groups who were involved. It is gatherings like these that help to foster a feeling of  camaraderie and cooperation throughout the Haunted Attraction Industry.

Happy Haunting,

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