"I couldn't even tell anyone that we had been picked," he added, until this week when Syfy announced the new season, which premiers Aug. 13, according to its website.
"I'm glad I did it," Haddy added. "It was a much different experience this time. I was much more relaxed. It was like going to summer camp the second year. I wasn't as intimidated by the judges as I was the first time. I was there to have fun."
When he was selected the first time around, to the show's second season, Haddy had said his biggest goal was to represent his home state well no matter what happened.
Week after week, though, he advanced to the next step by succeeding with challenges such as creating costumes and prostheses based on themes from horror and science fiction films. As contestants were eliminated one by one, Haddy found himself down to the final episode.
Since returning to Charleston, he has taught school and now teaches workshops. He currently is booked through early fall with appearances connected to Season 5 of "Face Off."
Besides new contestants, the show includes Eric Zapata from Season 4; Alana Schiro, Roy Wooley and Laura Tyler from Season 3; Miranda Jory and Haddy from Season 2; and Frank Ippolito from Season 1.
Judges are Ve Neill, Glen Hetrick and Neville Page. Returning host is McKenzie Westmore and the contestant mentor is Michael Westmore.
Haddy, 38, graduated from Capital High and attended the Joe Blasco Makeup Center in Hollywood after high school and worked for Alterian Studios in California working on a variety of movies for five years before returning to Charleston in 2000.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com ore 304-348-4830.