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gregsalyers
02-08-2007, 02:23 PM
How many of you do this as your primary job/business. Or do most of you have to make a living like the rest of us smucks?

Ken Spriggs
02-08-2007, 04:07 PM
I am a smuck...just like you
You will find most of us are
There a re a few exceptions like the cat in Mt Carroll

MMManiac
02-08-2007, 05:31 PM
I think one reason alot of side jobs is for insurance...

Raycliff Manor
02-08-2007, 05:55 PM
I run a themed room inn and operate the haunted attraction. I've also always got a number of other projects going! I'm not happy unless I've got a full calendar and I'm working toward goals. Sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes it's not so good. :lol:

Kel

gregsalyers
02-08-2007, 07:34 PM
If you have a real job (meaning you work for someone else) do you take the month off or how can you possibly get everything done?

Jim Warfield
02-08-2007, 08:35 PM
The Ravens Grin Inn is a haunted, haunted house open almost every night of the entire year. I work on it all day long many times, I work in it many nights sometimes finishing the tour at 2 am.
Tours here can easilly require 90 minutes to complete.
I do most of the tours myself until the fall, then we take on help as needed.
I have done 98% of the work ever done here. I just about do it all(I haven't figured out how I can operate on my own "Hems" yet?)
I get alot of satisfaction working this way, if you like it, I did it, if you don't like it, I also did it! The buck stops here (I wish more of them stayed longer)
I do not follow any pattern as far as how much money I spend , because mostly I don't spend, I do, create, make it happen some other way, which still seems to entertain and stimulate most people most of the time.
I put alot of my own physical effort into every tour, this is in part, my own job security, because I don't think anyone else is stupid enough to work like this, so they can only see it here!
Of course doing things this way also leaves alot of the fun just for ME!
In 19 years, being open like I have been, if the average haunt sees a season as being two weeks...I have been open 475 seasons!!
I have never been able to figure out why more haunt-halloween lovers are not open like this?
(I seem to be feeding this glorious addiction constantly!!!!!)
I seem to be in reasonably good health (physical) 57 years old.......
..all without booze, drugs, caffine, tobaccoo, or now chocolate, gave that up recently.
I can't have these types of things getting in the way of my natural high and insanity.

Kevin Dells
02-08-2007, 09:23 PM
If you have a real job (meaning you work for someone else) do you take the month off or how can you possibly get everything done?

Don't eat, Don't sleep, and drive very fast!

Raycliff Manor
02-08-2007, 09:36 PM
Word! :lol:

Kel

Greg Chrise
02-08-2007, 09:54 PM
Our day job is putting textures on concrete swimming pool decks, sealing natural stone work and doing fancy expansion joints and structural crack repair. Even though I sort of own the company, I do a lot of the hands on work and when the haunt is open I do 2 weeks of double shifts and going into commas. Sunday becomes an off day for religious reasons.

However, our day work is dependent on weather so all year long our rainy day fund gets used and helpers still work building things for the haunted houses. We might have to actually take one week where we tell all the contractors we work for that we are "on another job" and set up the bulk of the haunt but, then it is double shifts with a schedual that gets tougher the bigger the event is.

We get a little break for a few weeks as the haunt gets all the props taken out and becomes a fire and rescue training house. Then by the end of November the pool season is over with and we go tear down the Haunt.

Lather rinse repeat.

Hell American Freak
02-08-2007, 10:12 PM
If you have a real job (meaning you work for someone else) do you take the month off or how can you possibly get everything done?

Easy... Nicotine, Acetaminophin (pain reliever, not narcotics), Caffeine, and Jagermeister

Since we are a temporary establishment, the time spent with our attraction starts August 15th and ends mid November... 7 nights a week for the haul. I, as do the rest of our crew, all hold full time jobs the entire time. It sucks...It's alot of sleepless nights and little time to spend with family and friends, but we get it done.

Greg Chrise
02-08-2007, 11:33 PM
I seem to work for all of the oil companies too driving all over the place every day.

gregsalyers
02-09-2007, 08:24 AM
So the question is...do you do it for the love, or so you actually make some money at it?

SomeThingInTheIce
02-09-2007, 04:26 PM
For the love but if you are not making any money it will come to a end.
p.s. I do not run a pro haunt, I want to some day soon but for now it is a home haunt.

Raycliff Manor
02-09-2007, 04:28 PM
We do it for the love and hope to make money in the process. I guess the honest answer is we do it for both, but it's the passion that drives me! :wink:

Kel

Jim Warfield
02-09-2007, 08:41 PM
Passion for Haunting doesn't leave any whip marks on one's back, but it can rip those back muscles lifting and working frantically to get things ready, fixed........

Nightgore
02-10-2007, 07:17 AM
I'm a full-time college student with a part-time job and a full-time love of haunting. I'd say that's all in a good days work! -Tyler

ScarlettP
02-10-2007, 08:54 AM
I'm a Shmuck. I run a costume shop all year. I just LOVE the added time and reponcibility of running a haunt during my 'busy season.' I love it so much, that I ran myself into enormouse debt over it and got nothing back out of it. (Oh wait! I did cut my foot with a shovel to the tune of a $1,000 trip to the emergency room - no insurance.... AND I broke the car window out on the way to the haunt in super cold weather when I didn't have the time or money to get it fixed and got to drive around with no window in the 20 degree weather for two weeks... AND some jackass side swiped my mother's van in the parking lot of said haunt. Luckily, mom has said nothing about that big scrape all the way down the side of her van - NOR has she noticed that one of the back doors won't open anymore.) My husband desided to start a side line business on the internet this past year so that he would have MORE TIME to devote to the haunt... You know, the one that LOST money two years in a row. :roll:

I'm taking a year off. I can't stand this much FUN!

mindtumor
02-10-2007, 09:32 AM
If you have a real job (meaning you work for someone else) do you take the month off or how can you possibly get everything done?

I take a little time off every October and just really stress out a lot.

xxxdirk
02-10-2007, 10:28 AM
I am a full time magician/illusionist/hypnotist and own my own magic & costume shop. I am fortunate in that because of my performances, I can take as many shows as I want during the month of October & my performances help fund the haunt, although, this year for the 1st time, my haunt is self sufficiant. Meaning I made enough in ticket sales in 2006 to pay for this years haunting.

MMManiac
02-10-2007, 01:01 PM
Thats a great succes story dirk.. Alot of people open up haunts and expect to bring in millions their first year. It took my five years to even break even. Luckly next year will be pure profit...

Sean

doom
02-10-2007, 02:06 PM
i have to work three times as hard at my regular job just to pay the bank note. as far as last year ,coka cola make a product called full throttle. it works pretty good at getting you from five oclock to midnight. after we closed for the season i work a few hours every night. if im not working overtime at my regular job to pay the bills

Darkblood
02-10-2007, 02:25 PM
I work at a local lumber mill that actually is on both sides of our small town (my business partner works on the other side of town)...
I operate a machine that requires a lot of overtime at times and it is stressful...
This year (was supposed to be last year) we're hoping to run our haunt for the first time. We are able to work on the building as soon as the owner of the complex empties it and should be able to work evenings all spring/summer until we open (hopefully end of September).
Getting started seems to be the catch...the passion is there but the emptying of the building and stuff can bog a person down, along with the job.
But my love and passion for haunts will push me through! :)

Kirk :twisted:

Jim Warfield
02-10-2007, 08:16 PM
Dirk, Can you teach someone self-hypnosis?
Do you self-hypnotise yourself to turn off your sackz-appeal when surrounded by screaming young girls?
This would be a handy talent, if it could work this way?

xxxdirk
02-10-2007, 11:27 PM
Thanks Sean,
Last year was a major challenge from having to find a new place on Sept 8th, move everything out of that location, move everything into my new location on Sept 11th, redesign on the fly, having to leave town on the 13th-16th for a prior commitment and have my small crew try to understand my chalk marks on the floor, and then open on time on October 6th only to have my Dad die on Oct 11th. So yeah, it was an interesting season. Hopefully this year will be a LOT less stressful.

BTW, while I am on the topic, to give you an idea of the Wisconsin haunt community, Tattoo from Terror, and Dave from Shawano Manor called me on Sept 9th and offered my crew a place to haunt. Dave even offered to put up an extra haunt tent and allow me to run my own haunt on their property! And Kevin & Randy from Rockford's Screamfest offered to let me borrow some of their equipment and even offered to drive up and help build on a weekend!

I am truly blessed to have such good friends in the community.

Raycliff Manor
02-11-2007, 09:03 AM
BTW, while I am on the topic, to give you an idea of the Wisconsin haunt community, Tattoo from Terror, and Dave from Shawano Manor called me on Sept 9th and offered my crew a place to haunt. Dave even offered to put up an extra haunt tent and allow me to run my own haunt on their property! And Kevin & Randy from Rockford's Screamfest offered to let me borrow some of their equipment and even offered to drive up and help build on a weekend!

OMG! That's SO FREAKIN AWESOME! Thanks for sharing that Ron! I love to hear stories like this. These are the types of things that keep us all going! This is the kind of energy that is going to drive the IAHA to new depths and new heights for the haunted attraction industry!

Kel

ClusterOne
02-11-2007, 12:02 PM
Well my brother lives in LA and our haunt is up here in Sacramento (about 7 hour drive). He would drive, or fly up every weekend starting in Sept. He almost lost his day job for taking the week around Halloween off, and he did it anyways, what a true haunter! I would start sometime in August, of course while working a reg 40hr job. The schedule was re-fricking-diculus!! All this for a haunt that was open for 3 days!

Speaking of energy drinks, I would say that this year our haunt was the haunted house that Monster built. We bought that stuff by the case load! (thanks costco) Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me any more, I think my blood is %65 caffeine now! I wonder what we will use this year.... :roll:

Jast223
02-11-2007, 02:58 PM
Im a smuck, I work as a FULL time EMT for a private ambulance company. I am also using my experiance as a Emt for emergancys that may come up at the haunt.

Jim Warfield
02-11-2007, 06:46 PM
Jast I don't know if this means anything or not, but some of my best and biggest fans over the last 20 years have been medically trained people, Doctors, nurses, morticians, chiropracters!
Some have offered the guess that it may have something to do with a morbid sense of humor, gallows humor if you will?
Of course they do get to mentally cut-loose here and laugh and anticipate what might be happening next to their friends, ex cetra, but of course this is the same thing everyone else gets to feel and consider here too.
I believe that any haunt customer (a real customer here of their own free will, not being drug in by their friends kicking and pleading) have to be people who have some confidence in this life or at least some measurable "smarts" on certain levels, humor potential helps alot too.
Identifying the customer makes it more possible to track them down and lay a trap for them outside their front door! (Insert evil laugh here~)