A ship of ghouls have gone aboard the USS Hornet, the real national historic site and former World War II aircraft carrier, hosting a haunted attraction and Monster Bash for Halloween. The Haunted Hornet features it’s cavernous and dark surgery room, sick bay, bunk room, bathroom, kitchen, maze wherein lurk a cast of professionally made-up and costumed characters for adults. Co-founder Tabitha or Tabby emails today,
. . . we hire on about 60 actors that we rotate between the nights we are open. We usually have a core group of about 30-40 actors a night available to scare in the walk throughs as well as atmosphere characters on the pier and hangar bays. We had an open casting call to anyone who was over 18 (because of the late hours and sometimes the subject matter), has reliable transportation to and from the Hornet, and loves to scare! We held several sets of interviews throughout August and September. We are always accepting applications for new monsters, even into the run!
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Professional actor Cal, 46, says each actor gets each and every room and roles change weekly. Here they are in progress, take a look at the photos taken before, during and after on board in the make-up chair with a view through open doors of the cargo ship at the next dock, the sun setting over San Francisco across the bay from Alameda’s desolate naval yard. It’s the Haunted Hornet’s cast of 2015, the first year the USS Hornet is working with the professional haunted attraction installers ScareCo. ScareCo works with professional hair and make-up artists Cam Kaplan, Joanne Kay and Bernice Halverson aboard, who along with ScareCo founders Tabitha and Josh of San Diego, still appear immune to the infestation from a Bermuda Triangle research expedition gone horribly wrong. Only now have the locked recesses of the USS Hornet opened and exposed the festering faces and rotting living corpses sealed within. The photo session lasted the entire make-up session, the two hours at sunset before the doors of the Haunted Hornet opened to the public.
Alexander of San Francisco, age 24. He’s the rover, the maniac out front and in the maze. He’s been stationed in the surgery room in sick bay. Alexander, a tall young man with his own dark brown beard, created his own costume of ragged dockside seaman clothes, torn, dark and dirty. He says he’s done this a lot. He’s long-time friends with Tabitha and Josh, the young couple who created ScareCo.. The make up and hair raising session started at five and went until sundown and showtime, 7 p.m.. Here are the other 22 cast members who appeared in the three make-up chairs on Sunday evening:
Asa Scheibe of Oakland, age 24. She’s an artist in real life. It’s her second year with ScareCo and said she found her scary contact lenses on line. Halverson made up Scheibe with her short cropped blond hair and bloody nursing scrubs to be stationed in the medical room on Sunday.
Ryan of Oakland, age 37. It’s his first time with ScareCo and he’s a patient in the bunk room.
Cal of San Francisco, 46. Cal, with his smooth shaved skull, appears in the feature on his two faced creature designed especially for a deaf friend who toured the Haunted Hornet on Sunday. Last week he wore a white lab coat. Cast member Cassie takes a cell phone picture of Cal’s prosthetic face, the one stuck to his shaved head. Cal fans will see him in this video with Norma and Asa.
Jen of Crockett and her squeaky voice, kinky gray hair and white airbrushed face worked downstairs, in sick bay. Here’s video of Cam Kaplan airbrushing Jen’s eyes. Cal and Asa sit in the other chairs.
Norma of Oakland with her wild hair and airbrushed ribs showing, worked in the radio room. She in her blood stained dress steps outside on the deck to photograph the sunset over San Francisco.
Cassie with her asymmetrical dark hair cut, worked as greeter the night before and in sick bay on Sunday. Cassie helped Cal take pictures of his second face, the one on the back of his bald head.
Valerie of Foster City, tonight’s receptionist gets a bloodstain stenciled onto her forehead by Cam using her airbrush. Here’s bloodstain, the video.
Chris of Oakland is a second year cast member, tonight playing a mad scientist with bloody goggles and a hammer. Last year he says, he played a resident creepy clown in the clown room of a prior location. Last night, he was stationed in the mess hall and kitchen.
Mahnaz will play a patient in her bloody dress.
Hal of Alameda requested pustules since he will be stationed in the operating room as a doctor. He has been stationed in the bathroom and before that, the decontamination chamber.
Sean of Alameda requests crust around his nose. He shows Cam Kaplan the artist a photo on his cell phone for the color palette. Green and brown, for a gangrenesque, necrotic tissue look. His character just walked into a fire.
Bashiri of San Francisco asks for broken capillaries so the veins on his face look as if he’s dying from the inside. He will wear glasses and he carries an axe, the blade covered by his baseball cap while he sits in the chair listening to rap on his portable. ‘Little more’ he says to artist Joanne Kay, after checking his face in the mirror.
Desiree and Anthony of Benicia are real life brother and sister and will work in the kitchen together. She is 23, he is 21. She says he is the face behind the pig.
Jessica will be in the sick bay.
Ricardo, age 21, of Oakland sits in overalls and will be stationed in the bathroom on the toilet seat and drop box. He was in the bathroom the night before.
Stephanie, 30, of Oakland
Francis, 26, of Alameda will be in DeCon or decontamination. His family is coming by, he says. He says he likes the tar room and drum barrels; It’s very dark and his favorite room.
Jose of Berkeley will be downstairs. Last year he played twins in the clown room. He misses that room, he says. That was at Platform 13, the first location for ScareCo.
Berkly got some help from visitor Ken Moller with his shirt and tie before showtime.
Heidi got some dental make up from Bernice Halvorson. Heidi with her fan and mallet will work in the torpedo bay, downstairs. She wears red contact lenses and nails driven into her bloody boots.
Fhalyn, 33, of Oakland says she loves being a cast member. “It’s the only job where you have to look really bad” she says, after she checks the mirror. She will be in sick bay.
Ticket information for Haunted Hornet, USS Hornet and the Monster Bash; restaurants nearby
Tickets to the Haunted Hornet cost $40 for the half hour tour. It’s $38 plus $2ichistoric preservation fee. Guests may purchase tickets on line or on site. The Haunted Hornet sells tickets at the kiosk in the parking lot starting at 7 pm. The regular USS Hornet tour for the public runs during the day, closing at 4 pm.. Regular USS Hornet tickets cost $20/adults and $10/youth plus other discounts for military, seniors and students. The USS Hornet docks at 701 Hornet Drive on the Alameda naval base.
The Monster Bash happens on Halloween day, Saturday, October 31 from 7:30 to 1 a.m.. It’s separate from the Haunted Hornet and requires separate admission. The Bash if a ticket is purchased on line in pre-sale costs $60 with a $1 service fee. Day of, the ticket costs $70. There’s free parking and it’s a flat bike ride but the area looks industrial. It’s chilly when the sun sets and the wind comes up. Note characters do appear outside the ship on the dock even around the arrivals at the ticket kiosk.
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