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Oct. 23, 2004: CulturePulp is scared by clowns at "Baron Von Goolo's Museum of Horrors & School for Wayward Girls."

Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Grey-tones for this installment by Chad Essley.

2. Would you like to know more? Visit or

3 Baron Von Goolo’s Museum was so densely packed with darkly funny oddity that I could never fit it all in a comic. There was the evil "Maternity Ward," complete with undead candy-striper. There were living paintings and Lovecraftian plants and bizarre taxidermied animals and a collection of curios in a gallery adjacent to the Museum lobby. It all felt a bit like crawling around inside an Oingo Boingo album cover, and it’s the only "Scream at the Beach" attraction that’s rated PG-13 -- for a reason -- so parents should exercise appropriate discretion.

4. It’s true that participating in a story changes it somehow -- and so I must report that at least one person who saw me with my camera and Oregonian badge thought I was, in fact, an actor in the show playing a reporter covering the Museum.

5. Of course, [The] Baron is played by a real fellow — local advertising art director and illustrator Dave Helfrey, 40, who also painted the Museum’s impressive façade. His advertising and art background has a lot to do with the general high production value. “If we did something as ... cursory as you’ll find in some of the other haunted houses around town, I’d lose interest, and so would most of my core volunteers,” Helfrey told me, politely declining to name names. He describes the core of Team Von Goolio as “artists and performers and people who are sick of their 9-to-5 jobs and use this as their catharsis.”

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