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Doomsday Asylum Haunted House: For the Community, By the Community

Mark Torsani and his business partner Gary Fischer have been putting on a haunted house in Bowie for more than 25 years.

In what they call "a hobby gone haywire" Bowie residents Mark Torsani and Gary Fischer have been scaring the socks off their neighbors and haunted house enthusiasts for more than 25 years. 

It all started out on Torsani's front porch, and has now evolved to 11 nights of terror hosted in Prince George's Stadium. Tulip Gulch Production's Doomsday Asylum Haunted House is a huge production, involving dozens and dozens of volunteers, eight trailers full of props and many weeks of set up and preparation. Each year, a portion of proceeds go to support local charities. 

Watch Torsani talk about how it all began, and how he and Fischer have kept the event local for all these years.

The event will run weekends in October and Oct. 29-31. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 on the Baysox website or for $17 at the door.

Friday, Oct. 12 is Patch Night, and all Patch readers will be eligible for a $5 discount if they purchase their tickets in advance with this link, and the discount code PATCH (all caps). See the website for more details on placing this special order.

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