Junior haunts at ValleyScare

Elliot McGary-Walters frightens as scare actor


Used with permission from Elliot McGary-Walters

Jacob Khabie

What do you do at ValleyScare?

I’m a haunt actor. I just scare all the people that come through.

Why did you choose to pursue this job?

I do circus, so I have performance experience, and I thought this would be a good way to use those sorts of skills, like bending over backwards at people. It’s fun and normally scares the little kids.

What was the application process like?

It’s like a normal application and then I had to do video auditions. They sent an email and it said ‘send us a video of you being a werewolf’ or ‘being a ghost’ or ‘being a possessed clown.’ I wasn’t super excited to do the videos, but I had a good time and it was worth it because I like what I do now.

What do you like about it?

It sounds kind of mean, but I like scaring people. It’s just really fun. A lot of people will come in with an attitude like they’re like ‘oh you’re not gonna get me’ and then I do get them, and they just run down the hallway.

What do you not like about the job?

We do get some pretty rude people. High school boys will come in and be like, ‘oh my god, what’s your snap,’ and they keep yelling that at me, and people bark at me. 

What value do you see in scaring people?

It’s just really fun, but I also think that it’s fun to see people step out of their comfort zone. It’s a bonding experience. I’ve been through plenty of my houses and it’s always fun to go through with a ton of people and just get scared together.