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(Photo courtesy of NY Lottery commercial)

A piece of the wildly popular AMC show, The Walking Dead, can be found within the four walls of the Lake House Hotel. Christopher Weite, a well known actor in Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares, was on two episodes of the show last season as a walker. While you won’t find him in the Lake House as a walker, he does portray a few different characters in the dual haunted attraction this season.

For Christopher, transforming into a zombie is second nature. His acting resume is a long list of horror and zombie movies, as well as commercials, independent films, print and more. He is also listed as one of the top 40 walkers on The Walking Dead, according to IMDb.

His time on TWD set was fast paced and exciting. He was able to utilize his zombie knowledge and experience to create a walker that would be seen front and center in an episode that featured the governor. He also got a second chance to become a walker in another episode later in season four. It’s his hope to be able to repeat the whole process again in the near future, as well as to audition for some bigger roles on the show and the upcoming spin-off.

While we won’t tell you what character Christopher will be any given night at Hotel of Horror/Altered Nightmares, just know he’s there and watching for his chance to collect your screams. He walks the halls of the Lake House every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 1. You can catch Christopher’s episode of TWD during the marathon leading up to the new season that begins tomorrow night at 9 p.m.  And be sure to “like” his Facebook fan page for up-to-date information, photos and links to past and future projects.

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Zombies are all the rage right now, and it seems many people want to try their hand at being one for Halloween. While we can’t (and won’t) tell you all our makeup secrets, here are some tips to help get you moving in the right direction.

You’ll need some essential items to transform your face into the zombie of your nightmares (or everyone else’s nightmares.) First thing’s first – barrier spray is your friend if you plan to use theatrical make up supplies or special effects. This is something you spray onto your clean face with eyes tightly closed before applying spirit gum and prosthetics, latex, grease paints, makeup, or blood. You’ll thank us during the removal process, and when you use spirit gum to glue prosthetics on, make sure to pick up spirit gum remover to help get it off. Barrier spray is also effective in delaying the oils and moisture (meaning sweat) from degrading your efforts from transforming from mere human to brain consuming monster.

The use of latex prosthetics and liquid latex can create some great wounds and facial structure altering effects that will look quite realistic. This is your first step before applying any makeup or blood. Once the effects and wounds are created, pale stage makeup is next, that’s your base. Then paint on some dark circles under your eyes to help create the dead look. Black eye shadow works great for this and keeps your project economical or use some red or purple from a “Bruise Stack or Bruise Wheel” around the area to create a bruised- broken capillary appearance. Once all that is done, it’s time for some blood, and lots of it. Blot it around your hairline, squeeze a blood drenched sponge over your face and create a splatter appearance.

Now that your face is zombified, it’s time to mess up your hair. Tease and hairspray it so it appears like you just pulled your dead and re-animated shell out of the grave after six years of rest. And now it’s time for your costume. Rip it, shred it, fray it and bloody it up! Roll around in some dirt to create the illusion of being a veteran zombie.

With so many variations of zombies, and since it’s not a cookie-cutter type costume, you can really have some fun with it and get creative. Frazetta’s Costumes in East Stroudsburg sells all the supplies you’ll need and can even help guide you a little to help you become the best zombie in town! Tell them you wanna look like the ghouls of the Legendary Lake House Hotel of Horror.

“You go first.”

“No, you go first.”

“It’s really dark in there.”

“Did you hear something?”

Scream. Sob. Run. Laugh. (The laughter was from the friends who won’t be laughing last.)

These are just a few of the things you may hear while visiting Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares. The sights and sounds start the minute you pull into the parking lot; and that’s just the beginning of your haunted journey in Saylorsburg.

Every haunt season brings a new theme to each side of the infamous 200-year-old Lake House Hotel. This year, the house will be filled with zombies and voodoo around every twist and turn of the dark halls.

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Hotel of Horror features “Zombie’s Revenge” this season. Zombies are often portrayed as slow-moving creatures only after flesh and brains. But these zombies aren’t exactly like that. The roles have been reversed and it’s time for the zombies to have some fun revenge on the people of Saylorsburg. Altered Nightmares brings you to a different world; the realm of voodoo priestesses, witch doctors and a guy named Zeke. (Heed my words – don’t mess with Zeke.) Altered Nightmares puts you in a world filled with the manipulative and conjuring of spirits from the beyond. Voodoo rituals and dances may keep your attention, but watch your back or you may end up a sacrifice.

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In between haunted attractions, stop in Exhibition Macabre to catch your breath and learn a little about some of the more unusual pieces in history – the untold stories from the dark side. The static display museum features many different funeral, prison, mental asylum and medical displays you won’t find in just any museum.

Oh, if only the walls could talk. Once you make it through the house, you’ll have your own stories to tell. That is – if you make it through the house. Enter at your own risk. Exit if the occupants allow.

Opening night is Saturday, Sept. 20. This season’s complete schedule can be found on our web site – www.hotelofhorror.com.