ST. JOHN | During the Great Depression, Dr. GoodAndEvil brought destitute individuals into his house to be part of secret experiments in his laboratory. One of them escaped and killed his beloved daughter.
To this day, the doctor remains in the house, looking for the person responsible for that horrific murder and continuing his experiments in reanimation of the body.
That fictitious back-story became the canvas for the Lake Hills Haunted House at 8640 Lake Hills Drive, St. John.
Now in its eighth year, the Lake Hills Haunted House was ranked the eighth scariest haunted house in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois by Haunted Houses Chicago in 2011.
Annual renovations keep the scares coming thanks to the talents of Ken and Terri Forystek, of Hegewisch, said Mike Forbes, St. John Town Council president and head scaremaster.
“This year we changed three rooms. The consultants did a top-notch job,” Forbes said of the Forystek’s efforts during a recent daylight tour.
All tours begin in the Doctor’s Office where the “practice” of medicine is deadly.
“The Morgue is one of the scariest rooms,” said Forbes of the room where things don’t stay deceased for long.
Zombies, those reanimated creations of Dr. GoodAndEvil, love to welcome human guests as do the clowns.
Scare actors, many of them students from area high schools, supply many frightening experiences.
“We have 60 kids every night. We had 80 sign up, and they rotate in,” said Forbes. “I’ve had many people coming out of the house compare us to other haunted houses and tell me unsolicited that the actors do a phenomenal job of scaring people.”
Sights, sounds, fog, strobe lights, narrow tunnels and obstacles create the atmosphere of the Lake Hills Haunted House.
“We play on all the basic fears,” said Forbes with a chuckle.