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Nightmare on Grayson's final haunting

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Photos by Josh Huskin

After Grayson closes, where will its monsters, demons, and killer clowns find new employment? We thought we'd hook some of them up with new jobs around the Pearl Brewery, but it didn't always go as planned ... as Yasminda Khorshidian found out when she got a haircut from Chuckles (Casey McColley) at Aveda Institute San Antonio.

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Clowntime is over: Jarome Barideaux (left) and Mike Kitchen working for the man at Sam's Burger Joint.

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Carlos Montoya oversees new bike mechanic Punkin (Casey McColley) at Bike World Rentals.

After overcoming a rocky start with their new affluent neighbors at the revitalized Pearl Brewery, however, Wise says the two entities developed a supportive relationship. The Pearl Brewery allows Nightmare on Grayson attendees to use their parking space. In return, Grayson management strives to keep their noise to a minimum and maintains a neat appearance.

Mike Franklin has been working security at Grayson for 16 years. "We're sad, but things change, things evolve," he says. "The property is worth more than the business. That happens all over, all the time. This place is real high profile so you know about it, but every day in San Antonio there's a little business that goes down because the property's gotten so valuable that the business just has to move. I'll miss it. I mean, I'll really miss it."

While management is keen on finding a future space for Nightmare on Grayson, they're not holding their breath. Fellow haunted house managers from across the city (they're brothers, not rivals, according to Wise) have been invited to scavenge Grayson's meticulously curated resources that have accumulated over the years. That puts the freaky masks and suits made by San Antonian Face Off contestants Joe Castro and Sergio Martinez for Grayson up for grabs. As are the boxes full of doorknobs, anonymous dental impressions, and innumerable oddities collected by workers over the years.

On November first, the countdown begins. The crew will have 90 days to hide all haunting traces from the premises to make way for new development. Of course, no one can take the memories.

The three couples who have gotten married at the haunted house will always have their photos. The Insane Clown Posse signing will forever live on in the hearts of San Antonio juggalos. The epic visit from Gunnar Hansen, the O.G. Leatherface, is something that every haunted house will envy for years to come.

"Ain't no-business like the horror business. It's an escape from reality," says longtime employee James Escobar, suggesting a world without Grayson won't stop the horror. "Reality. That's scary. 9/11. That's scary. World War III getting ready to happen in the Middle East. That's scary. Have you seen the price of gasoline? The price of food? That's scary." So, why does a world without popular characters like Jot the Dot, Punkin, zombie Valero agent, and the terrifying Clown-on-stilts, seem scarier yet?

Nightmare on Grayson

7:30-9:30 Thu, Sun-Tue
7:30-11:30 Fri, Sat, Wed
201 E Grayson
(210) 299-1555
Through Oct 31

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