What is the square footage of the haunt?
Beaver Lake Park is 54 acres. Our haunt is a 3/4 mile winding trail through the park.
How many scenes are there?
There are 33 scenes this year.
How long did it take to set up?
We start planning in February. Building starts shortly after that and continues until we open. We don't get into the park until late September, so we put up all the buildings and then decorate/light/sound them in just the last few weeks before we open.
What is the actor to animatronics ratio?
We have up to 120 actors a night plus roaming characters. We only use a couple of animatronics. Animatronics are great here and there, but we prefer a more interactive show.
How did you get interested in the haunt business?
When I was 3 I went to the Haunted Mansion and fell in love. I made my own costumes, makeup, and decorations as a kid (still do). Now I just get to do everything on a bigger scale.
What do you like best about producing a haunted house?
I really like how we put all of our skills together to make awesome stuff. Some people can build, some can do electronics, and some can do custom sculpting and painting. Together we make things that are more than the sum of their parts.
How did you pick your location?
In 2004, Sammamish residents said their teenagers needed something to do. We gave them a place to be creative and then be scared.
Is there any scene or scare that you’re particularly impressed with this year?
There are a couple that are real stand outs, but in particular is the vortex. We've had one before, but this year we've made it a monstrous collaboration.
Any haunted houses of the past or movies that have inspired you?
Not really. Mostly I like to try to do things I haven't seen before.
Anything you’d like to add?
There are a few things that make our haunt unique in the area. We're all volunteers, we're a theatrical haunt so you get a different show every time you come through, and we change almost all of our sets every year. But most importantly, WE LOVE TO SCARE!
Special Note- Goliath a 9' animatronics gargoyle will make his return to the Nightmare at Beaver Lake Haunted House this October. SCARE Productions reached out to Cleve Hall - SyFy Channel's "Monster Man" - to assist with resurrecting this massive demon. Partnered with Kyle Stevens Goliath was stripped down, beefed up and brought back even better than before.