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Biohazard
08-24-2010, 10:23 PM
What has been the funniest reaction you have ever received?

Jim Warfield
08-28-2010, 08:10 AM
"Hearing that customers fell down as they were being chased is about THE last thing I want to hear. Even young kids can and will get hurt falling, they can fall onto one another and make much injury.
How can we tell by just looking at anyone how "tough" or healthy their body may be to tolerate such abuse? I sure can't.
Sort of like looking at someone and saying, "You're epillectic aren't you?" No strobes for you.
Yes, in a perfect world....
"No Running! No Running!" My signs say. and one says this:"No Running or we will chase you down, put a saddle on you and rent you out for rides to people with whips!"
I do have alot of pure fun scaring people but not if they run.
(And I hope that nothing runs down their leg either!)

Biohazard
08-28-2010, 02:50 PM
"Hearing that customers fell down as they were being chased is about THE last thing I want to hear. Even young kids can and will get hurt falling, they can fall onto one another and make much injury.
How can we tell by just looking at anyone how "tough" or healthy their body may be to tolerate such abuse? I sure can't.
Sort of like looking at someone and saying, "You're epillectic aren't you?" No strobes for you.
Yes, in a perfect world....
"No Running! No Running!" My signs say. and one says this:"No Running or we will chase you down, put a saddle on you and rent you out for rides to people with whips!"
I do have alot of pure fun scaring people but not if they run.
(And I hope that nothing runs down their leg either!)

Oh believe me, injury is something i will not tolerate for. Its just the fact that i was at least 75 yards away and when i stopped chasing they continued to run (down a empty street not a hallway or anything narrow). I run a home haunt now after volunteering in many different haunt attractions for several years and now have volunteer actors of my own. Its not until they are out of the narrow walkways that i chase them down in the safe near/past the exit. Everyone was fine and never touched, we had our laugh, talked, and took pictures.

Jim Warfield
09-04-2010, 11:40 PM
I pushed a button making a loud sound , it scared a teenage girl, her hand went up above her head in fright,quickly, accidentally grabbing the end of a long vine hanging from a tree. As the natural action of her raised arm then came down she yanked the vine down across herself and this strange, unexpected sensation of the friendly vine scared her even more!
Her Mother saw the whole thing and laughed at her.

witch i woman
09-12-2010, 08:32 PM
I was going to the restroom, but since it was a busy night no one covered my scare. The restroom door was a hidden doorway just right outside of my room. When I exited the restroom to my scare I saw two middle aged men standing in my scene staring at the set, so I tipped toed up to them to see what was so interesting, as I got up on my toes to see over their shoulders to see what they were looking at one of the men turned their heads and saw me and ran straight into a coffin, as he was trying to get out of the coffin the other man looked at me and said "Where did you come from?" and " Are you real" As he reached out to try to touch my arm. I pulled back my arm said "no" and reset back to my original spot. He took off out of the room and left his friend in the coffin.

Jim Warfield
09-14-2010, 07:13 PM
I read that olden Vikings exploring the new world would throw a spear at someone standing on the shore to see if they were real or a ghost or demon.
"OOps! They screamed and bled to death, sorry, they were real."

witch i woman
09-15-2010, 08:48 PM
I guess I'm lucky I'm still alive.... even though watching people run in place is the best!

Jim Warfield
09-28-2010, 10:09 PM
"Funniest", that is...
The women in the group realised the 50yr. old Chinese-American man had been hiding behind the women all night long, so at the end of the tour, they pushed him forward in the dark.
When I turned the light on our noses were almost touching!
Eye-ball to eye-ball!
I saw the Chinese eyes go very quickly large, round and very "Occidental!"
I didn't know they could do that.
I didn't know we were so close to one another. I would be dead if he had been Jackie Chan!
..and being dead might cramp my normal style.

duckstruck
10-01-2010, 03:09 PM
On our Haunted Hayride we had a skit that had a bunch of old and wrecked cars to form a haunted junk yard.

I am a tour guide on the wagon.

As we appraoch the skit this guy turns to his wife and says " look honey, we're at your sisters house". Got a bunch of laughs from those on the wagon.

Jim Warfield
10-01-2010, 05:33 PM
There was a junkyard along the highway that had 1,000 old cars sitting there for many years, my former employer and his Wife would be taking a Sunday drive passing the junkyard and he would say matter-of-factly, "Boy they sure have alot of company this Sunday."
She would then turn to look and then growl at her own stupidity, but he told me he "Got " her EVERY TIME!
I would quit doing this and try to pretend she was normal, just for my own peace of mind.

Damien Warwick
10-04-2010, 06:45 AM
Well I can finally say I have a great funny reaction. But first teh back story. Our clown's costume came as part of a huge bulk lot...unfortunately it was one of those...adult novelty...versions *cough* hornie the clown *cough*...and yes...it did have a...thing lol. So we've always given the actor static calling him Hornie the clown...but back to the point

My clowns and I were doing our schpele when my clown pulls out his horn and honks at a woman...her response..."boy thats clowns a hornie f*****"....obviously we could not make chase after her...were were literally on the floor laughing hysterically as soon as she left....good times good times

Jim Warfield
10-04-2010, 08:40 AM
Does usually loosen the personal vocabulary choices. Just guessing, I wasn't there.

Damien Warwick
10-04-2010, 10:04 AM
I'm not sure Jim but my gosh...it made up for an entirely awful haunting weekend lol

coasterfreak63
10-05-2010, 01:02 PM
I made a grown woman cry on opening night, thats definitly making the list.

And the next night have an entire group fall over just by standing up from my chair.

Whos ready for 4 more weeks of this, I know I am :D

Damien Warwick
10-06-2010, 01:03 PM
I made a grown woman cry on opening night, thats definitly making the list.

And the next night have an entire group fall over just by standing up from my chair.

Whos ready for 4 more weeks of this, I know I am :D

I wish I had 4 more weeks of this :( Had to quit my place...owner did not provide compensation as he said he would...ended up having to have my car towed 50 miles back to my apt because I ran out of gas :P now thats a funny reaction! :P lol Oh well...BEST OF LUCK GUYS!

jasonswoods14
12-27-2010, 08:48 PM
Hmmm... funniest reaction... probably when I made a grown man break down in tears so much that the hay was wet on the wagon and his glasses fogged up. Hahahahaha!

NightmareAftershockLLC
12-28-2010, 01:57 PM
Exact Quote after ripping the chainsaw flying around the corner:

"Oh Mister please, I just shiteded myself"

Yes, she said shiteded. NOT laughing was almost impossible.

BruiseMuse
12-28-2010, 10:23 PM
I scared and disgusted a guy so bad that he vomited into his friend's hoodie. His friend was so not amused to have the seeping vomit nestled in his hood.

HauntedOzarks
01-12-2011, 10:29 AM
Our last Saturday night of the season I witnessed one of our chainsaw guys chasing six people out of the exit, running at top speed. The chainsaw guy picked his victim -- a college age guy and ran after him. This guy did a one-handed vault into the bed of a pickup truck. Then as the chainsaw guy was circling the truck he was screaming "This isn't even my truck!!"

screamforadream
01-17-2011, 06:37 PM
YEARS ago, I was in a "Jason" room. A pitch black haunt with a room that had a Ron of Jason masks all over and I had two on my hands and one on my face. I would scare by raising my left hand and slowly spinning the mask, then jump out and scream with my entire body, got everyone EVERY time.

Now picture the characters from like Tyler Perry's movies, like, Madea goes to Jail or whatever, all coming in together in a group of like six, and they were all large and expressed their emotions very dramatically. They huddle together into the room, and I behind my mini act, and they think I'm done with moving the mask around in my left hand, but when I jump out at them they ALL fell like dominoes! It was a giant avalanche of large, freaked out individuals and they were literally rolling on the floor trying to get away.

Now being me, I wanted to help them up and make sure they were okay, forgetting the mask was still on, and they freaked out even more thinking I was actually going to kill them or something. They rolled all the way into the wall, broke through the emergency exit and went running down the the emergency escape path.

Funniest reaction I EVER got.

Jim Warfield
01-18-2011, 08:27 AM
All 8 of them began to look in the corner....(it looked rather hap-hazard, junky, ignored)
I pushed the very hidden button= a mouse-sized ball-of-furr "ran" up the wall.
WOW! They all spun away from it, stumbling, banging into one another headed toward the opposite end of the room at the speed of "clumbsie"-light!!
When the dust had settled all 8 of these 20-something year-olds, all tall and larger than average people needed to be untangle and helped up from their scrimage-pile in the middle of the floor! (But who has the football?) (The cheerleader?)
After a few more episodes like this, they prematurely left my house, I had a mailing address for one of them, so I sent a post card asking for comments or suggestions?
They said it was alot of fun seeing their friends get scared, but it could have been scarier! ???
I guess they wanted chitty-pants and heart-attacks!?
Some people never miss a chance to afterwards be critical even though they WERE scared to death. Must be that "Macho" thing? Macho-laying -on-the-floor-thing?
Very funny!!

Johnny Thunder
01-21-2011, 08:08 PM
I did my first year of pro acting this past season and had great and similar experiences already posted - falling down, running out of my scene and refusing to exit past me, claiming they- well-needed another restroom, and at least one group who peered into my scene ran out and went around my scene to avoid me! LOL

therealgrimreaper
01-29-2011, 07:24 PM
I was following my newest scared souls through The Terror in the Junkyard Maze in Southern NJ , and these 3 girls were dragging behind in their group when suddenly they found themselves lost in a dead end in the maze when they turned around and saw The Reaper (me) standing behind them all 3 of them screamed so loud in fear that they pee d in their pants for real!!!

Johnny Thunder
01-30-2011, 02:35 PM
LOL yeah I had at least two customers say they peed. Good times

devolino
01-30-2011, 05:31 PM
In my scene I would sit completely still for everyone to think I was fake and when I jumped up at this one group of mostly college-aged black girls [with a couple of their boyfriends] they ALL jumped back and fell over each other and ended up knocking half the room back a few feet before running out...then getting scared of the next room, which has fake bodies and an angry autopsy pathologist with fake knives waiting on them, and running back into my room. They got stuck deciding between the two and eventually ran on through the next room.

Another night two guys ran through the whole haunt. Like, at the end of the night we all checked with each other and they seriously ran through every single room. They'd slow down then get scared again and scream "oh sh--" and start full-on running again.

ANOTHER night, we did a group scare for the last group of the night and this one guy was apparently a MAJOR coulrophobe, because when he saw the clowns coming he ran to his truck, got in, and locked the door...including locking out his friends. So one of the clowns ran over to his truck [his friends were trying to get in and mostly laughing at him] and knocked on the window. The guy ended up in his backseat in the fetal position before we "left him alone" and when he unlocked the door to let a friend in the friend got in a slow as possible while we messed with him some more. [The friends completely gave us permission to do this as long as we wanted to; they thought it was hilarious] This ended 20 minutes later with the guy speeding out of the parking lot as one of our clowns ran along behind his truck. When we went back inside everyone was like "what the hell have you guys been doing??" I'm pretty sure there's a video somewhere in the interwebs. hahah

Johnny Thunder
02-05-2011, 03:20 PM
That's great!

Jim Warfield
02-06-2011, 10:24 PM
A Japanese teenager (tourist) never let me know how good or how much English he understood (but then it wasn't necesary at all either) when he got scared all he could say was:
"Oh SHEET! SHEET! SHEET!"
And ..there was no bedding involved at all.

Several black college basketball team mates were here, all tall, thin and of course, Very athletic.
They were leaving one room, one at a time,(as planned) we had been in that well lit room for quite a period of time, relaxation set in....
"Well, I said, looks like it's your turn now." To the last man standing next to me.
Then... my adopted son stood up from his in-plain-sight hiding place and merely said:"What about me?"
The basketball star jumped straight up, way up, floated there awhile (almost supernaturally)
moved sideways in mid-air, hit the floor, bounced up into the atmosphere again and then again (like he was on a Pogo stick!)
My Son had been sitting on a raised platform all dressed in dark clothing with his hands covered by gloves, wearing a white, thin , plastic mask, with his arm around a mannequin.
We handed him the plastic mask and the player put it on and went to possibly scare his team mates.
It is a good thing we have high ceilings .

Jim Warfield
02-06-2011, 10:52 PM
Bob & Troy worked here for several years, knew the place forward and backward but I had something new for them.
"Walk around the corner and see the new thing."
With only a small amount of anticipation and possibly curiosity, they walked around the corner in the basement, it was dark.
As I pushed the button the 1/2 horsepower electric motor spun "on" rotating the short steel arm which had two heavy steel chains on the ends of it, beating a large steel barrel with an incredibly loud banging sound as a light illuminated two skeletal machine gunners behind the 1910 Maxum water-cooled weapon.
This sound defect also served double-duty for a few years as my doorbell.
Bob & Troy said they had never been scared before in my house until then. Troy picturesquely described his feeling/ experience as "Having shit blue lights"! "?"

After building a new "scary" thing , we invited two local middle-aged women over to test it on them (unknown to them of course) When activated, the response was immeadiate (with lights "On", no lead up or anticipation building) One woman shot across the room like she was pushing herself from starting blocks in a 100 yard dash! The other woman just quickly stood up.
Later a man brought his "Influential" friend here from Florida to see my house . I am pretty sure the Florida guy wasn't expecting much from a haunted house in the middle of nowhere but this new item scared him, impressed him so much that much later he left me a classic message on our answering machine that we kept as he complimented the experience and admitted I scared him!
What is so nice about my item is that I "get" someone with it, they react, then a few minutes later I "Get" them with Again! Anybody else do this? Same item twice on the same victim, with results!? Really good for laughs coming from everyone else in the room!

Jim Warfield
02-11-2011, 11:20 PM
a first time customer was at a dead end (He thought), he was "cheating" had a cel phone lit up, he pushed a door, it opened showing him that it went noplace, he then pushed a solid wall , that is also a door, it opened a very slight amount, I had a sliver of room and I thrust a life-sized carboard cutout at his face through the small opening, he screamed and reacted very scared but funny!
Most of the rest of the people in that group saw and heard it too...except for his Wife, she was behind the behinder-most. Too bad for her, too lucky for him.

bamasmith
02-13-2011, 04:50 PM
A couple of years ago when Graystone Manor was still running,me and a friend of mine scared two girls that thought we were "props".The next room was a dark amze they had to weave through and while they were in there a girl says.."I thought they were fake and I s#!t all over myself..(other friend)..."me too"...no I mean I really did s#!t on myself.

After that we had to step outside for a minute because there was no way we could stay in there..That's one of the funniest moments of my life..

My costume at the time courtesy of Shane:cool:
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa182/bamasmith/GraystoneManoroutfit08.jpg

Jim Warfield
02-13-2011, 10:59 PM
Of the last post "We thought they were props, I chitt myself!'
A helper of mine totally missed "the Picture" when I told him to put on a big lion mask, sit in the middle of the maze and to pretend he was not a real person. As a girl began kicking him in the shins he sat there unflinching taking all the abuse she could muster out and never moved or scared her at all!?
Then he later complained about it, of course! "Scare the girl! What's with adding another prop to the show by flawlessly pretending to be one?"(til closing time)

Soul Reaper
03-02-2011, 03:52 AM
I was in my butcher charator at The Haunted Train Car. I would stand in front of a waist high table I made out of wood on the oposite side of the room from the incomming door to the room, with my back to the door slightly turned with my head tilted so that I could see people when they came in. I would stand motionless. Two females about 25 years in age came in. I could see that they were already scared. As they worked there way down a four foot long wall which forced them a little closer to me. They had there backs against the wall and was looking around the room holding each others arm. As the first one started to turn around the corner. She look to see what was around the corner. I slamed a meat cleaver down on the table with a loud bang and turn fast and one step I was in ther face so fast that one ran to the corner by the incomming door and the other ran to an oposite corner in the room and both screamed so loud they could be heard outside. They were afraid to move. I had to take a step back so they could get out of the room. As they were both so scared they could not move.

Jim Warfield
03-02-2011, 07:17 PM
That you just happened to be in a place they never will expect you, so one of them decides to scare their friends. Ferreted away in a dark corner or whatever, they are all nervous (maybe because they know they are not supposed to be doing it?)
And of course at the back of that dark corner they backed into ..you wait!
Perfectly timed you scare them a half- a heartbeat before they scare their friends or maybe better yet you scare him a second after he scares them so you are in essence enacting their need for payback! You just became their personal instant "Hero"!
And you have also just once again proved that you are better, smarter, possibly more commited to a scare than they could be (or maybe it's that "Experience"-Thing?)
I feel scaring the scarer reinforces good predictable behavior from the patrons since now they are surrounded by Ninjas they will be devoted to looking very closely for you in your next hiding place.

Damien Warwick
03-04-2011, 10:28 AM
Mines a definite tie...and I enjoyed them both lol
1. as I walk towards a group, this rather attractive woman leans in and lands a big wet one on me...happy birthday to me :P lol
2. In the middle of my spiel the girl looks at me "you're cute" and proceeds to leave me a card with her # on it on the way out
...and by God...I did not break character for either of um :P lol

Soul Reaper
03-05-2011, 02:02 PM
The first year I worked The Haunted Train Car. I was in a room near the back end of the car. This is a metal room with a narrow door leading to the hall.
Just before you get to the last hall where the room that I am in is. There is a swinging door the patrons walk through with a set of airhorns behide it that a behind the scenes actor sets off when the door closes. And is also a que for me to know that they are in place so when the horns are turned off.
I would slam open my door which would put me right there beside them in there faces, and I would say in a gruff voice "ah fresh meat".

But there was one time when I heard the him turn the air horns off I slamed open the door and said ah freeessss wha wher. I step out into the hall and looked both ways and not seeing anyone I though may be his timming was off and he let them get to far down the hall, or maybe there just wasn't anyone at all. As I stepped out into the hall I turned toward the swinging door and stepped over to it and listened. Then I heard the patrons on the other side getting up out of the floor. The blast from the air horn scared them back through the door. LOL
I was like O'crap and trying not to laugh out loud where they could hear me I quickly reset to my position and waited. I had to laugh at my self and them later. I told the rest of the cast what had happened and that I was dumbfounded as to where they then relized what had happend. Everyone got a big laugh out of it that night.

piercemanor
03-07-2011, 10:42 AM
Haha, Arx Mortis was having our flashlight night on halloween sincw it would help boost our sales, and I flipped on a switch that cut on a small light in my room. Unbeknownst to me, there was a lady right about my face when i flipped the light on. she turned and ran straight into a wall. I simply walked away and laughed harder than I have ever laughed before XD lol

Jim Warfield
03-08-2011, 08:15 PM
Our first haunted house was in a shack of a decrepid old house that needed demolished!
We had very few nights left before we were open, yet the "powers That Be' insisted we all attend the monthly meeting first,or maybe to only go to the meeting?
I went to work in the house instead, all by myself.
Someone decided to "call" the meeting early and make it a worknight on the house! (Yea!)
I laid inside our homemade coffin that was still just laid on the floor. (How obvious! huh?)
The old house was a very small house, very few rooms, nobody even went in the basement, it was so bad.
So I really had virtually no hiding places... except the coffin.

"Jim! .. Jim!... He's here , someplace....no....no!... he wouldn't be....he can't be....(in the coffin)"
Even though all logic dictated that had to be where I was to be found, the anticipation built enough that I actually did scare the JCs President, who was also the State's Attorney.
Later as we were taking groups through the house he was a very theatrical guy and had performed musically and theatrically on the stage besides in courtrooms, he was drawing attention to himself with his voice talent, the things he would say... which also served to distract him from me sneaking up on him and scaring him several times right infront of all those customers! (He was in to it abit too much to notice me or anticipate that if I suddenly wasnot where he expected me to be this time, that I would be right behind him! Talk about Alot Of Fun For JIM!
That old house only had two upstairs bedrooms. They would lead a group into the room, standing room only, I would quietly crawl up the stairs and deftly reach passed several sets of legs standing there as they were all looking into the room, and then make a grab on the furtherest leg I could reach! They would try to turn around but they were packed in like sardines and the people right behind them were standing up! So who was now grabbing their ankle? Tricky Fun! hahahahah!

Jim Warfield
03-08-2011, 08:45 PM
Fairly elaborate, time-consuming set-ups.
It was summer about midnight, nothing happening here. An old truck rolled to a stop infront of my house.
A ragged-looking guy got out, walked toward me,
"I got something you want!"
"?"
"A real coffin, found it in an old farmhouse."
"Is it "New" or "Used?"
"Don't know, I think some JCs left it when they didn't come back to use the farmhouse again for their haunted house."
(Didn't really answer the question though.)
So I now had a real coffin upstairs in my house.

A customer showed up a few nights later who Always was bringing a new girlfriend here. Just the two of them were going through the house. The old exit was getting puked out from the big steel skull's mouth at the front corner of the house. I was standing there waiting for them, holding the big jaw open with my foot. He could see my legs and feet but then, who knows why or how, he got scared of me when he slid out and looked up!
"Dammit! I Almost Made It All the Way Through your House Without You Scaring ME!"
(I had no inkling that there was this contest going on ?)
We all had a god laugh, including his new girlfriend.
Then a strange car drove passed us (we are on a dead end street, it had to turn around to leave)
Suddenly the new girlfriend screamed and ran toward the car full of people screaming "Let me in! Let Me In!" Trying to grab their doorhandles! Which of course made the driver leave much faster!
I thought she was kidding , having fun?
No, she suddenly became very scared because as the three of us were standing there talking , she turned looked sort of behind me and saw :"A LAdy in a Black Dress, with no face, behind a picket fence I had installed next to the big skull. The "Lady" had her hands resting on the fence, wearing white gloves? And "She Had Ten Fingers On Each Hand!!"
This young woman-(new Girlfriend) could not be calmed down! She was hysterical (in the bad way) I had no clue what was going on . Maybe this girl had just flipped out? I had seen nothing, knew nothing about any such person or thing.
They left. It was very late now. I went inside, and sat quietly writing a letter.. then I heard a slight little knock on my door just a few feet away..?
2 OClock in the morning?
I put my hand on the knob, yanked it quickly open ,no idea what or who I might be looking at? (Probably some punk knocked then ran away)
There she stood in the moonlight!
Black, full length dress, black veil, white gloves!... only a total of ten fingers on 2 hands...
She worked next door for her Father during the day, she was also a classmate of my oldest son. I had once suggested to her to come down some night to scare people, "Have some fun!"
She had chosen that night! She never returned ? ("Been there, did that?")
I asked her if she would lay in my real coffin for a photo-op?
She did, wearing that dress, looking pretty spooky, black dress in a white lined coffin, looking bug-eyed/strange! Arms crossed.
Maybe a month later I had to really talk to convince some High school girls to take the tour, some of them were scared !
At the end of their tour I told them about getting the real coffin (of questionable ancestory!)
"Sometimes a camera can "see" ghostly things our eyes cannot see... so I took this picture of the old empty coffin.. (I was holding the photograph close so they couldn't see it yet....) But IF you look at this and use just alittle imagination... it almost looks... as if there might be a woman's body in it."
I then turned it toward them! Some screams followed. It was VERY Easy to see what I described of course.
Maybe she thought her imagination was working abit too well?

LivingTheHauntedHouseLife
06-21-2011, 07:39 AM
Okay, so first of all you have to understand that I'm a 13 year old girl working at a top rated haunted house for charity in Texas, Fearshire Farms. So the nights that we are extremely busy, it puts a lot of stress on everyone, including me. But one of the funniest reactions I ever got was one night, I was working the drop window and basically what you do is you wait and watch for the person to come (they can't see you, but you can see them) and once they are right in front of you drop the window and scream. Just wanted to make sure everyone knew that. Well this was a teenage group of kids going through, and as soon as I drop the window I notice a kid is on the ground. I don't want to laugh or break character so I just stare at the rest of the group then raise the window, they leave. Done. Then a person in my area tells me that the teenage boy had fell down because he was so scared! XD It was extremely funny, no injury, he just got scared. I thought it was actually funny.

Dr.Mandrake
06-21-2011, 11:49 AM
I remember one night when my church had done a charity carwash and decided to reward the kids by taking them to the haunt I worked at. The thing about my spot is that the people could never figure out where to go after I scared them (Hmm, way we came, wall, wall, curtain... where do we go?) so I would always have to follow them to guidr them out. This time, it took a bit longer than usual to get them all out, and I could already hear the next group coming around the corner. With no time to get back to my hiding spot, I simply stood against the wall, hoping they would mistake me for a mannequin (of which we have an abundance). A group of my friends come through, lead by an adult (who happens to be a very close friend of mine). Sure enough, he walks straight past me, and I motion for the kids to be quiet while I snuck up on him. I got right behind him (while the middle school age kids were trying to hold back laughter) and yelled the man's name as loudly as I could. He was acting pretty high strung, and I was told later that he sprinted straight through the rest of the house!

RJ Productions
06-22-2011, 03:49 PM
I always wanted to put together a "Best Of..." feature, because we get them every year!!
Two of the best:
1. Chainsaw chases a group of girls out. The chainsaw guy chase them out a tunnel up to a curtain never, exiting through the curtain as the exit is totally in view of the que lines. The girsl are all screaming, gasping when one askes her friend "Where's your purse?" She starts panicing "My purse, I don't have my purse!" Almost perfectly on que the actor sticks a hand out the curtain with her purse. People in the que are laughing and watching. As she take a step her frined exlaims "Where's your shoes?" She now starts screaming, "My shoes...I don't have my shoes!!!" On que the actor shoves the shoes through the curtain in his other hand!!! The audience went nuts!!! It was a great bit!!

2. Last season one of my line actors was working the crowd. She comes up behind two boys. Facing one she is looming over the second for the scare.
The young boy slowly looks around, eye to eye with the actor and calmly states, "Sorry you can't scare me, I've seen my Grandma naked!!" Everyone in line including the actor lost it!!!

Jim Warfield
06-26-2011, 11:52 PM
He will be a ruined youth. Discouraged with such knowledge in his head:"Sure Honey, you're pretty Now, but I know what happens later." Stem-cell research has already accomplished incredible things in the labratory. Stem cells re-built a damaged human heart. they kept alive or regenerated brain tissue from an alzthiemers victim so they can have lab samples to study that diesease....So this all means within maybe the next ten years , if you have the millions of dollars needed. you could live forever on repaired body parts, your own! These things happened in England as reported on the BBC.

Chad Portenga
08-02-2011, 10:52 AM
One year, we had a mine theme, complete with a long tunnel with an elevator at the end. The elevator was operated by an actor who generally had little interaction with the patrons, but occasionally, depending on the group, would ponder if the elevator cables had been checked lately, etc.

One night, I was asked to run the elevator. I generally kept quiet, with a creepy look on my face, which intensified the anxiety of the "decent into the mine". At one point, I heard 3 women slowly approaching the elevator. It took them forever to make their way down the 30 foot corridor to the elevator. They were so scared when they entered, they only looked at each other, never noticing I was in there with them. As I reached to close the door, all three simultaneously screamed and ran THROUGH the exit, completely knocking down the elevator wall. They proceeded through the following room, screaming and not stopping, while the actor in there couldn't even get a scare off. He just stared at me and asked me "What was THAT?"

(It took us 15 minutes to repair the elevator wall and door enough to finish the night).

Duke of Darkness
08-03-2011, 02:42 AM
One year I was working in a dark maze portion of a haunt. People would walk in from a well lit area and, pretty much without exception, stop cold. I have good night vision to start with and after being in their for a while, I could see quite well. I had my face and hands airburshed black and wore all black. For all intents and purposes, I was invisible. I would simply walk up behind or beside people and whisper into their ears. With good victim selection, this was very effective.

At the end of a slow night, two college age couples came in. I heard one of the girls use the other girls name. So to the first girl I whispered "we can see you, but you can't see us" and gave a low laugh. She gave the perfect scream as I moved to the other girl and whispered "Tina! You have been chosen to stay with me." She bolted, the guys nervously laughing went after her. I could hear the whole group screaming through several scares. Since it was slow, I took a shortcut to get ahead of them in the maze. I stood up againt the wall, right under a black light near the emergency exit. The whole group, breathing hard. The whole group stopped not two feet from me. The 'tough guy' in the group said, 'good, some light, you guys need to pull it together, lets rest here a moment.' He then put his hand out to lean on the wall, only he stuck it right in the middle of my chest! I jumped forward and shouted "You were warned not to touch the monsters!" He collapsed on the floor blubbering "I'm sorry, I didn't mean too, I'm sorry." Meanwhile, the other guy darted out the emergency exit and was gone. Both girls screamed their heads off, then realizing what had happened to the guys, laughed their butts off. I think the guy may have needed psychological help down the road, but what the hell. It was a great scare!

Jim Warfield
08-03-2011, 07:33 AM
You can find solace thinking about the customer like this:"Maybe they needed some emotional and psych. "Help" before they came in your place? It sure could be the case. Don't assume responsability for all those previous years, nights, days, moments locked in Daddy's closet.. unless you are "Daddy"!

Joe P
08-03-2011, 09:27 AM
I had a woman turn to me in tears and said "please stop" when I rested the chainsaw on her hip. No blade of course. I felt real bad for her, these people should know their limits. But I did have the congo line going thru my area and the last guy got seperated and when he went to run from me he reached out for the group they werent there and he fell flat on his face. Thats was funny

Reverend Colt
08-28-2011, 08:25 PM
The first one that comes to mind is a cooking show bit we did when I was still with the Bar H Haunted Hayride. The skinny on the bit is I'm the host and another actor is the zombie chef. We are cooking "leg of man with sauteed worms. All in the same pot are a container of night crawlers that we show the group, one rubber worm I taste that is "too salty", and a pile of cold cooked spaghetti noodles the chef flings on the crowd. The startle comes in the middle of the chaos and the jumpers attack the trailer.

I stop at the store on the way there and buy the worms. A very sweet but morbidly obese girl rings me up and knows who I am and what I do. Three hours later she come through the show on a trailer with a group. When my chef hit her with those noodles she went to bucking and jumping, the trailer went to violently rocking and people were getting thrown out of there seats and into the floor. I started laughing and missed the startle and it all went to hell from there but damn it was funny.

Jim Warfield
08-29-2011, 12:25 AM
A 40 yr. old man and his woman went through Ravens Grin for their first time. He didn't seem overly scared or even nervous.. but about every few feet he would holler , scream, then laugh! (Perfect!) I did the simplest, most innocuous little things to him and each and everyone of them seemed to work!
His woman was fun too!
Jim had a really great, fun time!
They did too, said they would now be coming back, bringing their friends. (I believe them! Who wouldn't?)

Cutthroat
09-05-2011, 01:37 AM
The funniest one I can recall is when a group was being led by a loud-mouthed girl (obviously hiding her fear behind a false-bravado). I walked through the group from the back, silently shushing them. When I reached Miss Mouth, I gently set my hand on her boyfriends arm, silently indicating he should drop back and let me take his place. The Loud-mouth girl took my hand without looking back and, vociferously declaiming her ire at 'not being scared at all' led the group up the hill.

When she finally stopped, pulling me close beside her, the entire group had followed, scarcely containing their laughter. When she looked up at her 'boyfriend' finally, I was right in her face, smiling, and said, "How 'bout a kiss, sweetie-pieeee!!!!!" She couldn't let go of my hand fast enough and ran out of the park, screaming!

The rest of the group couldn't thank me enough.

Dr.Mandrake
09-05-2011, 07:58 AM
I remember one boy came through our haunt while humming the wedding march. We could hear him all the way in the back of the haunt, even with the music up loud. He walks past my area, and I see him doing some sort of soldier march, still singing. I jump out of my hiding spot and yell "Dum duh dum dum dummmm!" He immediately tears up, and yells "That's not fair!" and runs out of my room.

Jim Warfield
09-05-2011, 06:40 PM
The tall 16yr. old was a very fearfull young man trying to hide this fact via swearing like what he probably considered some tough SOB would be doing under circumstances of duress.
He and very little Brother walked down a hallway together hand-in-hand, the big boy leading.. the scare came from the other side of the wall, no person was chasing them or even able to be seen by them. The older boy screamed again swearing and took off very quickly back the way they had came, dragging little brother like a rag doll for maybe at least ten feet!
Some young girls in the group who didn't know him called him a "Pussy" (He didnot like that At All!)
Later infront of the Parents little boy said that "P" word and was told not to say it again!
I did feel sorry for the big boy, so scared trying not to show it but drastically showing it anyway with each turn. His true machisimo was down the toilet, out of reach.

Nick Smith
09-12-2011, 05:52 PM
i was getting ready for a night at the house. i was on rough times and was staying with my dad. he took off with the neighbor lady to pick up a pizza or something. her daughter came over to see if her mom was there. i had in my false fangs and shad some base makeup on for the night nothing spectacular. i opened the door and smiled not even thinking. she saw the fangs and turned white as a ghost and ran home. i was laughing so hard i almost wet my pants.

Jim Warfield
09-14-2011, 10:05 PM
You woke up to see her standing above you as you laid in your bed, she had a large pointy stick in both hands about to ram it into your heart!
who's laughing now?