Egyptian Theatre: 135 N.2nd Street - DeKalb, IL

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Ghoulish carpenters, actors and more wanted

Amenti Haunted House seeing volunteers to build and act

If you are into building things, making costumes or just scaring the socks off of people, the Amenti Haunted House has a spot for you.

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The haunted house, which is hosted by the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, in downtown DeKalb, is recruiting volunteers to help build, operate and tear down the facility during the months of October and November.

According to organizers, the haunted house (which takes its name from the Egyptian goddess of the dead) may be the only such attraction in the country based in an operational landmark theater. Of course, those who dare to enter hardly know that. Over the next few weeks, teams of volunteers will transform the interior of the theater, creating hallways, installing temporary stair cases, and strewing about enough faux blood, guts, gore and body parts to scare and disorient even the most seasoned haunted house attendee.

“We change up things every year,” says Egyptian Theatre Executive Director Alex Nerad. “The first couple of rooms always have an Egyptian theme, but the scares always change. This year we will have 20 different themes on six different levels.”

If that is not enough, the theater claims to have as many as six certified ghosts haunting the building. “Over the years we have all kinds of people reporting things in the haunted house that we never put there,” Nerad says.

Rated among the best haunted house attractions in the region, Amenti typically draws more than 3,000 visitors each year.

Nerad is in need of volunteers to help transform the theater Oct. 4 through Oct. 16 There are jobs for just about anyone, but if you are handy with a screw gun and a saw, that’s even better. On nights when Amenti is open (Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1) it takes approximately 40-50 people to act in the scenes, help with costumes, make-up, security, ticketing, and other jobs. Volunteers are also needed Nov. 2 – 12 to help with the load out of the haunted house.

Those interested in acting need to complete the simple actor application online at  Training sessions will be provided for participants who will be acting.  Volunteers for Amenti must be 16 years or older in order to act.  Volunteers are asked to commit to at least two nights of the haunted house as an actor.  Volunteers are eligible for lots of great perks such as food, t-shirts, and other special prizes.

For more information and to sign-up to help visit or email [email protected] or call the Egyptian Theatre at 815-758-1215. It is owned & operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre, Inc.

The proceeds raised by the Amenti Haunted House go to the ongoing operations and preservation of the Egyptian Theatre.   General admission tickets are $13 and priority passes are $20.  Priority passes allow visitors to skip the wait in line and go straight to the front.  The haunted house is recommended for ages 13 and up, due to the intense scare factor of the attraction.

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