BY MAGGIE CARLO
The team behind Disturbia Screams in the Park may have created their scariest haunted house yet: 20,000 square feet of petrifying surprises around every turn; with more than 35 rooms, there's something to frighten everyone. Haunted Illinois gives it a very high scare rating.
Disturbia Creator Joseph Pantano loves their new one, a haunted underground sewer that’s dripping with spooky sounds and creatures.
“It has multiple levels, it has several different running waters; a broken pipe 20 feet overhead dumps water into a retaining pond,” Joseph said. "I’ve been to haunts all over the country and there's nothing like this anywhere."
Always striving to create the scariest environment, Joseph says this year they put a lot of their focus into wardrobe and makeup.
“We follow the trends on TV and horror, there's a lot of horror genre stuff going on in sitcoms, [and] movies right now, so we try to follow that," Joseph said.
Disturbia make-up artist Jon Arie let WGN’s Maggie Carlo join in the frightening fun by creating a character for her – with only part of a face.
“You get someone you get a lot of people that are just totally normal they are not deviants just normal people and they walk out of here just vicious creatures and its really fun to see,” Jon said.
Getting all dressed up and grossed out is very enjoyable, in a strange way. Joseph Pantano couldn't agree more, and he plans to keep doing Disturbia for as long as he can.
“I see myself doing it forever because it’s a creative outlet and I get to be a kid; it’s fun to be a kid,” Joseph said.
Disturbia runs through Nov. 5, and Nov. 4 and 5 will be pitch black, with all the lights and each group gets just a flashlight that may or may not work. What a terrifying way to end this haunted house season.
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