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Hayden Valacek (left), a New Lenox resident and an actor at HellsGate Haunted House in Lockport, scares a passerby. Megan Schuller/22nd Century Media
Pictured is Colin Tompulis, of New Lenox, dressed as his zombie maid character. Photo Submitted
Allie Cassan, of New Lenox, is dressed up as an undead character who lives in the graveyard to attack unsuspecting visitors before heading inside the haunted house. Photo Submitted
Megan Schuller, Freelance Reporter
1:49 pm CDT October 22, 2018

Sixteen-year-old New Lenox native Hayden Valecek closed his eyes as his face was airbrushed with black and white paint over his eye sockets to create a black out effect when he puts on his laboratory goggles. Other cast members received gruesome wounds hand sculpted with precision onto their bodies with silicon and paint.