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Slowly walking through the park, Innocence is one of the most popular scare actors at Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest attraction.

And it made the 46 year old Inglewood woman, known as Innocence Willoughby, a favorite among guests and her fellow scare actors.

is why I got into this, says Tabitha Bennett, a scare actor from Santa Clarita. how awesome she is, she belongs here. This is her calling. She amazing. story

Innocence is a young girl in varying stages of decomposition. She terrorizes guests in the scare zone called Exile Hill where, as the story goes, she drowned at the hands of her father.

In a dark corner of the Valencia amusement park where graveyard ghouls, a rotting chauffeur and a zombie like nursemaid pushing the corpse of a baby in a pram pop out at every corner, Innocence steps quietly and slowly through the night.

In full makeup, Margarita Barriga waits to scare the quests. Her character, Innocence, is one of the most popular scare actors at Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest attraction. Santa Clarita, CA 9/29/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

She wears a blue jumper dress, ballet flats and clutches Oliver, her decaying Teddy bear with skull face and insides that spill out from matted fur. She doesn speak except for the low growl only her victims can hear.

don know if anybody has picked up on it yet, but Innocence goes after men, especially anybody that looks like a father figure, Barriga says. wants to tear into them.

was crawling onto my lap, Leslie Cover says, with a laugh.

didn want her to touch me, her husband explains. so creepy. Innocence

Like most scare actors, Barriga relishes the reaction she gets from Halloween buffs.

don notice me walking through the crowds, she says. all of a sudden, I upon them, and they like my God! Where did she come from? There this expectation that I going to do something terrible to them building up in their minds. much as she wants to laugh, she never breaks character.

Barriga didn create the role, but she made it her own. Twice she been named Scare Actor of the Year, in 2014 and 2016.

was luck, she says, before stepping into the makeup center for her transformation on a recent Friday. native shares with her 23 year old daughter, a soldier in the United States Army based in Riverside.

It wasn unusual for Barriga to dress up like a psychiatric ward patient or attempted suicide survivor and go out trick or treating with her daughter.

love stepping out of the box and becoming someone else, she says. can be whatever you want to be. background actress for television, Barriga decided several years ago to give scare acting a try.

She visited the various haunted theme park attractions, but says she gravitated toward Six Flags Magic Mountain for its special effects makeup.

you look at the makeup on our scare actors, it better than Hollywood set makeup, says Bonnie Sherman Weber, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain.

On this day, Barriga sits in the chair of Michael Spatola, an Emmy nominated makeup artist and chief academic officer at Cinema Makeup School where he also the lead instructor.

Spatola, who isn her usual guy, has been cranking out monsters at Fright Fest for the last eight years. He glues on a custom prosthetic fit for Barriga face and begins the hour long transformation that involves talcum powder, layers of brushed on and air brushed makeup and goopy hair gel the color of motor oil.

nice thing is we don have to worry about continuity, he says. get to experiment every night, so it a lot of fun. addition to Barriga face, he paints her arms and legs, creating splotchy skin and bulging veins where there are none. By the time she leaves the center, Barriga comments on how different she looks on this night.

The only constant is her white contact lenses and slow pace that leaves grown men quaking in their shoes.
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