'Tis the haunting season

DeKALB - Fans of haunted houses could be screaming at new frights this weekend.

“We’ve got a couple new areas that will catch people off-guard,” said Alex Nerad, executive director of the Egyptian Theatre. “In years past, things might stay the same thematically, but we still change the paths and hiding spots for actors and special effects.”

This is the ninth year for the Amenti haunted house at the Egyptian Theatre, and the second year of the Creston Opera House haunted house in Creston. Both haunted houses are major fundraisers for the nonprofit groups that operate them.

“It’s all coming from my demented mind,” said Creston Booster Club volunteer Ken Manning, who has planned other haunted houses in the past. He noted that this year’s frights will be completely different from last year’s, and that very few of the scares are automated.

“The haunted house is almost exclusively manned by people, which means we can play up or down to any given audience,” he said.

The Amenti haunted house will operate for nine nights, one night more than the previous four years. The Creston Opera House haunted house operates four nights prior to Halloween.

Haunted Houses

Amenti Haunted House

Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb

7-11:30 p.m. weeknights and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 18-20 and 25-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Tickets: $13. More information:

Creston Opera House

204 S. Main St., Creston

7-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26

Tickets: $5. More information:

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