From the outside of Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, you wouldn't expect the dark reality unfolding inside. The Nightmare Vermont team is putting together their last-minute touches before the first victims walk through for their annual show.
"What we like to do is take a fear of society and incorporating that into the haunt," director Bob Fishel said.
The nonprofit spends 10 months a year planning for the interactive haunted house. And for this year's show, the cast and crew is transforming this space in a 24-hour period.
"In a show like Nightmare where you are a foot away from the audience and they're right in there with you and you hear a scream or hear someone say, 'Oh my God, I just killed a guy. What am I going to do?' When you're seeing that from TV it's very different than seeing it from a person a foot away from you," Fishel said.
Crew members work to get visitors squirming.
"There's going to be a lot of screaming on my part. Hopefully, there will be screaming on your part. But definitely look forward to seeing some 'in pain' faces," actor Kael Alberghini said.
The four-day event kicks off at Memorial Auditorium Thursday night at 7 p.m. And organizers say if you decide to show up, you'll be sure to have nightmares.