A horde of the undead milled around the haunted grounds of the Asylum House.
Dressed in blood-stained clothes, with rotting flesh falling off their faces, the zombies, ghosts and other monsters relaxed before the night’s big performance.
In a few hours, the horde would hide in the dark recesses of the haunted house, chase after unsuspecting victims and generally wreak terror. But until then, they chatted, joked and laughed with each other, oblivious to their horrifying appearances.
“Halloween is that one time of the year when you can be whoever you want to be, and no one will say that you’re weird or stupid. You can express yourself,” said Patrick Greathouse, owner of Asylum House. “Our actors embrace that.”