Zombies and clowns and scares, oh my! The fun takes a terrifying turn at Valleyfair on select fall nights as the park transforms into ValleySCARE, the upper Midwest’s largest Halloween attraction. With haunted mazes, scare zones and monsters prowling the park, there is something to satisfy everyone’s devilish desire. With all of these terrifying creatures roaming the park, do you ever wonder what it takes to become a ValleySCARE monster?
Around 200 associates transform into creepy creatures each night at ValleySCARE’s Halloween Haunt. In order to get all of these monsters ready for their close up, 10-13 professional make-up artists work from 2:00 PM until 8:30 PM. Each artist gets 20 minutes per monster to create a signature look. A new concept this year is that each makeup artist will be assigned a specific maze or scare zone each night. This will create an overall continuity and cohesiveness in all of the mazes.
Each makeup artist gets a certain degree of freedom with each of the monsters they create. They are given boundaries and guidelines, but a lot of the creativity you see roaming the streets comes from the imagination of the artists.
Tips for Making Your Own Spooky Monster:
1. Get Inspired
Search the internet and watch your favorite scary movies to find some makeup ideas that you can highlight or use as a starting point for your own monster creation.
2. Use a Base Layer
Using a base layer of makeup will take your Halloween look to a professional level.
3. Highlight Key Areas
Use a light color to highlight key bones and features of the face. Highlights are easy to cover up if you go off course. If you feel comfortable with your highlight pattern, take it to the next level by shading the highlights with a slightly darker color.
4. Use Multiple Colors
Using multiple colors will add great depth to your makeup foundation. Use this layer to accent wrinkles and creases that are natural in the face.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Use Blood
Fake blood will take your monster to the next level. Focus on key areas that are important to the character you’ve created. For example, if you have a vampire you will want to focus on blood around the mouth to show that they have recently fed on a victim.