There is a growing need to engage with young people who have low self-esteem, poor educational attainment and are bored – all of this leads to possible exploitation and increased anti-social behaviour & criminality. Many of these young people feel unattached, are vulnerable and socially excluded. The House of Horrors addresses these needs by providing supports, training, skills development and opportunities to young people in a safe environment.

Through their involvement, the young people not only learn new skills but also make new friends. Prior to commencing work on the event, they undergo training in the areas they have volunteered for, such as:

  • Soft Skills such as Meet & Greet and Interpersonal Skills
  • Safe use of tools & machinery
  • Developing special effects lighting and managing sound
  • Stage make-up & special effects (face, body etc)
  • Costume design & creation
  • Film / production, editing & photography
  • Design & constructing sets, rooms & props
  • Acting & Dance

Each day volunteers undertook a range of roles and duties which included;

  • Actors, Dancers & Scare Roles                      
  • Staff & Visitor Catering Assistants
  • Welcome and Reception
  • Make-up Artists
  • Special Effectsand Mechanical Props Operators                 
  • Security Officers                                            
  • Sound & Lighting Technicians
  • Tour Guides