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haunted-theater-a-haunted-attraction-nj_4009The friendly staff of Brookdale Haunted Theater creaks open the doors of the community college’s Performing Arts Center for the latest edition of their live-action eekscursion, beginning this Friday night.

It’s the longest established live haunted-house attraction on the greater Red Bank Green — and even if the real-life horrors of Superstorm Sandy forced it to go truly dark a couple of Octobers back, Brookdale Haunted Theater managed to rise again, undead and undaunted, for a successful 2013 season of the witch.

The hooded goblins and snooded ghouls are once again at large on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College, as the walk-through frightfest commandeers the school’s Performing Arts Center for two pre-Halloweekends.

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halloween 2011 1The 66th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade assembles on East Bergen Place Sunday afternoon for its colorful walk downtown. Below, the Ghoul Scouts of Brookdale Haunted Theater commandeer the BCC PAC building for two weekends of wild walk-throughs. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, October 18:

haunted-theater-a-haunted-attraction-nj_4009LINCROFT:  The real-life horrors of Hurricane Sandy’s dark and drear aftermath forced even the ghouls and goblins to take a back seat last year — but undead and undaunted, they rise again for another seasonal go, as Brookdale Haunted Theater takes over the Performing Arts Center for two big weekends, in a presentation created and performed by past and present members of the school’s Theater Club program. For a ticket price of $10 ($8 seniors, $5 kids and students), patrons are ushered into the PAC’s auditorium (parking lot 2 on the Lincroft campus), split into groups of 10 to 15, and guided through a winding corridor that features live-action dioramas, scarifying skits and the dreaded POP-UP, which is to horror as the PUN is to humor. The creepy crew runs tour groups through its backstage maze of interactive fright environments beginning 7 pm, Friday through Sunday nights (October 18 to 20 and 25 to 27), with “Not-So-Haunted” Scareless tours for younger crowds running from 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Brookdale staff and students with current ID will be admitted for a bargain-dungeon price of $5, during a special “private screaming” session on Thursday, October 24. Tickets available at the creaking door; more info at (732) 224-2411.

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