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Darkangel
07-07-2010, 03:36 PM
I'm looking for some ideas. For any of you that have haunts off the beaten path what do you do for signage to direct guests to your place? I know tiki torches could be risky unattended, so what have you seen as effective ways to attract and direct guests to your show?

Thanks,
DA

Front Yard Fright
07-07-2010, 03:52 PM
There's a haunt near here the uses those flashing arrow signs that you can put messages on. It's powered by a generator and they just have a chain link dog cage around it to prevent people from tampering with it.

Hope this helps!
:).

Front Yard Fright
07-07-2010, 03:55 PM
You could also build some plywood signs and light them up with some LED lights powered by batteries.

shawnc
07-07-2010, 07:47 PM
There was a thread a year or so ago where a bunch of great ideas were kicked around. These included the use of vehicles and trailers with signage and props attached. The problem with any kind of permanent or even semi-permanent sign is the permits needed and the limitations on them.

I'll see if I can find the other thread.

Darkangel
07-10-2010, 10:54 AM
Thanks for the tips guys, very good info! ShawnC I'd love to see the thread you were talking about!

DA

graystone
07-10-2010, 03:52 PM
I will try to find that thread! Shane and it sounds like a good topic! Shane this time!

Jim Warfield
07-11-2010, 04:49 PM
What will the new urban legend haunt be promoting about itself?
How about:"Yes this location was the site of that 1930 nudist camp, and we do see naked ghosts appearing here at night sometimes. ONe guy dated one for two weeks before she turned into a hazy mist and vanished! (She seemed so real too!)
They usually show up on slow Wednesday nights in October.

RJ Productions
07-11-2010, 08:37 PM
Get a hearse!!! You paint your name, phone # and web site on it. Trust me. As soon as you drive a block or two your phone will be ringing!!!

Then park the vehicle with a big arrow on top in the major intersection that you must sent people down!!

shawnc
07-12-2010, 01:35 AM
I'm pretty sure this was the thread I was thinking of: http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_house_forums/showthread.php?t=7449&highlight=advertising

I really liked the idea of a character hanging off a moving sign. You can't be that for cheap and effective.

Jim Warfield
07-12-2010, 06:40 AM
Of our house got alot of attention with the simple addition of Mr. Tuxedo, Spookhouse cat rising up from behind the house. So Many people were forced to ask stupid questions like:"Is that cat real? Where's that big cat? Wow, that's a big cat!" Everything in the picture was real except for the two-story tall, black & white cat.
"What do you feed him?"
"We feed him a new cat food called PHoto-Shop."
Yesterday on BBC radio in a discussion about quantum physics and chance, versus predictability it was intellectually pointed out that people make much more notice when things do not follow the set path or are unusual.....(I think I knew that) Think "Advertising", "Different", What image would get Your attention?
MY "Hearse" is just a 89 Olds station wagon with a big steel shark mouth full of teeth, eyes popping out of the hood along with raising and lowering arms 4 feet long, a tall shark fin on the roof, being netted via mechanical arms coming from a TV with a skull looking out of where the picture tube once was, all bolted and road-tested to not fall off.

Darkangel
07-12-2010, 07:18 AM
Thanks for the ideas everyone and thanks to you Shawnc for finding that for me it was an interesting thread to read through, many great ideas!

DA