Hi! My name is Abby, and my boyfriend Jake was a member of the reserve cast this year. His roommate Ben was hard cast in The Harvest, Ben’s brother Nathan was in Vamp ‘85, and Jake’s friend Sara was the green outfit Trisha White. Beyond that, he knows a handful of other people on some level, mostly from being in Ash vs. Evil Dead with them last year. Because of both Jake and the people he knows, I have a little information that one might not think about on the surface!!
So I’m copy/pasting this from a couple different areas, but here’s a summary of things that I’ve talked about from an insider’s perspective:
-In Seeds of Extinction, you’ve probably seen the Blooms - there are three of them, and they are vine-covered creatures with colorful flower-esque detailing on the top of their heads. The stage direction is intended to be that they hold their leafy arm up in front of their face, which essentially looks like a dab, and then rapidly uncover it to reveal the toothy, spiny mouth of the creature, hence the “blooming.” It’s very hard to see in the dark and rapidness of the scare and not all scareactors do it.
-Carnival Gravyard and Scary Tales share a breakroom, so it’s not uncommon to see the falling clown from Carnival interacting with the Scary Tales characters during cast changes since he stays in character (will post a photo of the clown swooshing the witch’s cape sometime)! Poltergeist and Stranger Things also share a room, so he got to see the kids (all women) just hanging out.
-The giant skull demon head that lights up and slightly moves in Poltergeist is a full-body harness that is very rigorous to get into. Jake didn’t actually get to see it in action, as he was one of the skull demons later in the house, but he did get to see the harness during one of his returns to set.
-The human characters of Twisted Tradition represent tropes of the horror genre - white dress is supposed to be the “virgin,” for example. The flashlights they hold have the ability to flicker, and that light flickering is the cue for a small mini-show in which the pumpkin-human hybrids in the area surround and “possess” the human victim(s). Jake wasn’t officially taught the lore, as he is reserve, but his stage direction and fellow actors told him that the procedure is based on the story, as the rotting pumpkins need human hosts to inhabit so they don’t rot away.
-This isn’t lore or behind the scenes, but The Harvest deals with some of, if not THE, worst guest behavior in the park. Since everyone goes through that zone to get to Stranger Things, whereas Killer Klowns is a little out of the way, guests that don’t even care for the zones or the actors still show up and act just any way they please. Hitting, provoking, yelling at, heckling, and purposefully getting in the way of actors has been so, so prevalent all season. Ben is a staff-carrying creature (if you have seen the one that performs very large leaps and bounds toward guests that seem inhuman over on the Stranger Things side, that’s him!!), and too often do guests step in front of him or his staff, or attempt to touch/take it from him. They’re just rude. It sucks.
-Towards the end of the season, the show directors disclosed to the reserves that it would be very rare for them to ever be cast on a street. This was a big year for actors dropping out halfway through, so those boo holes, especially the key roles, in the houses had to be filled in order to keep the whole thing afloat. Jake’s last night there was an exception, though, as he was given the role of one of the Chomps (half-human, half-pumpkin with the half mask head, pointed nose, and underbite pumpkin seed teeth) in Twisted Tradition. A girl who had been hard cast in The Harvest was permanently relocated to the primary, featured girl in Sorority Sacrifice as of October 21st because that role had to be filled.
-Oh! And obviously almost all Sams are women! An older, very short lady that was in Jake’s house last year, maybe in her late 40s, is a reserve who is frequently cast as Sam. Maskless Sam’s headpiece is very painful, and the sheets Sams on either side of the vomit/sheet ghost scene in ToT is very difficult as there is very limited visibility. The Sams in that room are not choosing victims to scare, because they can’t see them at all. It’s completely random.
-Even with the women thing, though, the vampire boy in ToT is played by a male, at least in one cast! He just happens to be super short!
If you have any specific questions about any houses or zones, hit me up in this thread! I know a lot of things I can still talk about, and I personally know scareactors in almost every zone now!!