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Frights for Free

By Richard Whittaker, September 18, 2008, 1:46am, Chronique

Halloween, it seems, starts on Sept. 18. The House of Torment haunted attraction, situated in the parking lot on the east side of Highland Mall, bites into its 2008 season tonight. As a special treat, opening night is free (although you have to book your tickets on-line in advance.)

This year, Team Torment ramped up the theatricality by bringing in stage pros like Naughty Austin/Arts on Real powerhouse Blake Yelavich and Fiona Rene (recently getting rave reviews in these pages for her work on City Theatre's Alice in Wonderland. Not that House founder Dan McCullough and his team are slackers at this whole gore-scare-haunting thing: the House was selected one of the nation's top 13 Halloween atractions by haunted house trade magazine HauntWorld, and is home to the Best-of-Austin-winning Mr. Creep. As Yelavich recently explained, "This isn't a dark maze of black walls and spooky things in the corners … it is undoubtedly one of the best theatrical sets I have seen in Austin … And it is interactive!"

So never say the Chronicle doesn't tell you about free stuff. Just don't get eaten in there.

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