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“Knowledge 4 The Carnage” Seminars
Hosted by Realm of Terror @
Kristof's Entertainment Center
May 21, 2006


Knowledge For The Carnage Haunted House Seminars at Realm of Terror in Round Lake Beach Illinois Realm of Terror @
Kristof's Entertainment Center
421 West Rollins Road
Round Lake Beach, Illinois 60073

The Seminars

The latest installment of the Knowledge 4 The Carnage Haunter Seminars was held at the Realm of Terror in Round Lake Beach, Illinois on Sunday May 21, 2006.   Some of the topics of discussion were scare tactics, character development, haunting healthy, costuming and more!  I enjoyed the fact that a number of the seminars were very interactive, allowing members of the audience to give their feedback to the group.  There was also an improv workshop, where people were put in groups to act out various scenarios, similar to what you see on the popular TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway".  Halfway through the day, everyone took a break for lunch.  It was pretty convenient that pizza and pop were available onsite for only $5.  While people were given the choice to eat wherever they wanted, most attendees stayed at Kristof's for lunch, taking advantage of the opportunity to network with other haunters.  

(Special thanks to Jennifer Spriggs and Nicole Leipski for donating 
pictures to this gallery.  Click on the pictures below to enlarge)


Pie Payback

Pie payback gave everyone in attendance the opportunity to "pie" their favorite haunt character/owner/webmaster, for only $1 per throw.  The targets were Bryan "Cletus" Laughlin (Dream Reapers), Ozo the Clown (Dream Reapers), Steve Kristof (Realm of Terror), Reggie "Payne" Grenwych (Rockford Screamfest), Ramie Englehart (Rockford Screamfest), J.D. (Rockford Screamfest) and Adam Drendel of  The proceeds went to the Dustin Diamond Foundation, to benefit The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.  It all started off innocent enough, but soon simple pie throwing turned into "pie mugging".  It seemed that there was an endless supply of pies and by the end, all the victims were smeared from head to toe with sticky whipped cream.  After sitting out in the hot sun for a while, everyone reeked of spoiled dairy products. Lucky were those individuals who had the forethought to bring a change of clothes!  At least I had a fresh shirt to change in to.  It was pretty disgusting, but it was definitely worth it, considering we raised money for such a good cause.  Perhaps next time we should pick a fundraiser that is a little less messy.         


Kristof's Entertainment Center

After the formal presentations were over many attendees stayed later, to take advantage of some of the fun activities that Kristof's Entertainment Center had to offer.  People had a lot of fun things to choose from: bowling, mini golf, go-karts, billiards, arcade games and more.  My personal favorite was the go-kart track.  (Note: If given a choice, pick the purple car!).


Overall, it was a great day.  The seminars and workshops were very enlightening. Not only was it an educational experience, it was also a lot of fun interacting with other Haunters.  Kudos to Kristof's Entertainment Center for hosting this event and also to Nicole Leipski and all the others involved in organizing it.  I look forward to seeing what they have to offer at the next Knowledge 4 The Carnage.  

Happy Haunting,

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