I'd like to thank all the people who helped make a project like the Gershon Dungeon possible:

My neighbors

Who put up with all the crowds and the trash.

RD Pinault Company

Who donated tons of plywood and 2x4's. Looking for a great Contractor visit the website and ask for Bob

Universal Printworks

Who donated lots of printing materials. Need a reliable printer with great customer service? Contact Mike Crowley (mj@universalprintworks.com).

Building Crew

Mike Gustaveson, Tiya Gustaveson, Bob Erbst, Chad Hooper, Randy Kroot, Kevin Adelsberger, Cody Martinson, Katie Thompson, Lauren Gulla, Tony Gehr, Craig Alves, Justin Schafer, Mason Schafer, John Rooney, Jason McCloskey

Monsters

Mike Gustaveson, Tiya Gustaveson, Bob Erbst, Chad Hooper, Keven Robinson, Randy Kroot, Greg Wieckert, Kevin Adelsberger, Cody Martinson, Katie Thompson, Lauren Gulla, Tony Gehr, Craig Alves, Justin Schafer, Mason Schafer, John Rooney, Greg Libby, Jon Powers, Rob Powers, Mike & Roberta Mobley, John Anderson

 


History

I absolutely love Halloween. I think this is because my mom would never let me trick-or-treat when I was young, so now I am making up for lost time.

The Gershon Dungeon (the name of the street I live on in Tustin CA) started off very small with basically just myself (Mike) and my best friend (Skip) building a couple of props in my garage to get back at some of the dirt-bag neighborhood kids.

Our first big prop was called the crush box. This room was 4'x4'x8' and would trap the victims inside. Then, magically the front wall would start to move and would "crush" the victims into a room the about 1'x4'x8'. As you could imagine, this was a big hit for the kids and every year we found ourselves trying to out "prop" the previous year. Since 1993 it has grown from a weekend project with two monsters to a three month way of life with over twenty-five monsters to operate many different props.

The first year we had maybe 30 people go into the "Haunted Garage". Now, the Gershon Dungeon averages 700 people over the (2) nights. I don't know how many people saw the line and said "Forget This! I'm not waiting an hour."