Scaring people — REALLY scaring people — takes lots of preparation, costuming and, most of all, commitment.
At Baton Rouge’s 13th Gate, where they specialize in putting the haunt in the Halloween season, they are masters of the craft.
The staff there prepares all year for these few weeks around All Hallows’ Eve when they spook guests for 30 frightful minutes as they make their way through the 40,000-square-foot building.
About 180 actors in terrifying costumes and makeup man the disgustingly gruesome sets, which could easily star in a top-notch horror film. Among the scenes through which only the bravest dare to tread are a morgue from the late 1800s, an exorcism and a gigantic beehive.
“I’m able to attract a lot of people who love Halloween,” says Dwayne Sanburn, the creator of the 13th Gate. “There are a lot of talented people, and that’s the reason for our success. A lot of work, but a lot of fun.”