A few of my co-investigators and I have recently gotten involved at the historic Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands, a place where we conducted a paranormal investigation back in August. Every year, they put on a haunted house tour (part of their “Atlantic Frightlands” Festivities), with this year’s theme being a “Haunted Asylum”, on October 25th and 26th, from 6-9pm. We stopped by on Sunday to help out with decorations and set-up, and I auditioned and got the part of “Chris”, the asylum’s tour guide (will be alternating tours with someone else), who will lead visitors through a mansion of horror. Meanwhile, spots were found for the kids as well, as ghosts and zombies (they are still looking for more if you are interested in helping). The script and choreography is by Jon Crowley, an executive producer at Tru TV and former producer of Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi.
While you may just think this will be your ordinary, run-of-the-mill haunted fun house, I must say that the special effects are pretty extensive. The 12-page script I have to memorize is also very lively. The tour will give visitors a chance to walk through the first floor and then into the basement, before emerging in a creepily constructed graveyard set up in the back yard. It is going to be a lot of fun, and I invite anyone local to come check it out. The proceeds go to the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society. We had been wanting to get involved here for a while, and now that our schedules have opened up, we are glad we could help. The people at Strauss have been very nice, appreciative, and welcoming, and we are all very excited for this new adventure.