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Hundreds vie for a chance to show their dark side at Knott's Halloween Haunt auditions

August 16, 2010 |  1:34 pm

Above, Tyler Javier holds his ears as friend Brittny Moody lets out a blood-curdling scream. She's just warming up for her audition at Knott's Berry Farm's annual Halloween Haunt. The high school pals from Anaheim were among hundreds of people hoping to snag an $8-an-hour job as a monster or dark-side character at the amusement park this fall. Knotts3

At right, other would-be actors move past Linda Betts' "remains of my past three husbands" at the auditions. Betts figured the vinyl and plastic props would help her stand out from the hundreds of others trying out for a part-time job as a monster. Betts, a ride operator at Disneyland said, "I get to be happy and playful by day and show my dark side at night." 

Photo credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times