ST. JOHN | Calling all would-be ghouls, vampires, ghosts and other scary creatures.
An open casting call for “scare actors” to perform at annual haunted house begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Town Hall, 10955 W. 93rd Ave.
“We have all our veterans (of previous haunted house performances). Now we are looking to those other volunteers who would like to participate,” said Michael Forbes, St. John Town Council president and house manager of the haunted house located at 8640 Lake Hills Drive in the Lake Hills subdivision.
Those who want to help at the annual haunted house during October must be at least 15 years of age and anyone younger than 18 needs parental consent, Forbes said.
For those younger than 18, it is recommended parents attend the Saturday meeting to sign the permission forms. Each volunteer should also bring a photo ID, he said.
Background checks are done on anyone older than 21, he said.
With the closing of several haunted house events in Illinois, the St. John Haunted House is one of the premiere venues in the Chicago area for those who like to be part of a scary experience, he said.
“We will take as many people as want to volunteer. Usually we have 100 to 150 kids volunteering and about 70 at the house during every performance,” Forbes said.
“We were rated the number eight scariest haunted house in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois by Haunted Houses Chicago.”
Those who sign up as actors then have two weekends to become familiar with the house and the room each will be assigned.
A dress rehearsal is slated at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the haunted house.
For information about the casting call, contact Forbes through the St. John Town Council office at (219) 365-6465.